PRECLINICAL STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE TOWARDS OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT

  • Ravindran Jaganathan Faculty of Medicine, Preclinical Department, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL-RCMP), Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Vignesh Ramachandran Faculty of Medicine, Preclinical Department, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL-RCMP), Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Rajeswari Ravindran Department of Medical Biochemistry, Dr. ALM PG Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Madras, Taramani campus, Chennai-6000113, India
  • Sandheep Suganthan Faculty of Medicine, Preclinical Department, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL-RCMP), Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Nurulain Akmaliah Binti Ibrahim Faculty of Medicine, Preclinical Department, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL-RCMP), Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Muhammad AmirulSalihin Bin Badrool Hisham Faculty of Medicine, Preclinical Department, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL-RCMP), Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Muhamad Zahir Bin Mohamed Akib Faculty of Medicine, Preclinical Department, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL-RCMP), Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
  • Mohd Rahimi Bin Zulkifli Faculty of Medicine, Preclinical Department, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Royal College of Medicine Perak (UniKL-RCMP), Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Keywords: Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Overweight, Obesity

Abstract

The main objective is to create awareness and to assess the socio-demographic factors and BMI among pre-clinical students of UniKL RCMP towards overweight and obesity and to determine the correlation between the knowledge, attitude, and practice. A cross-sectional research was conducted among students using questionnaire. All the questions in the questionnaire were then computed as the variables of the study. Respondents of year 2 score moderately in which male tends to score higher (n=30) than female (n=27) towards awareness of overweight and obesity. Besides, generally respondents with high household income (>RM9000) scored more awareness towards overweight and obesity. Furthermore, when taking hometown setting as a factor, respondent who lives in urban site tend to score higher (n=28) than the other two regions. In year 1 students, the data showed that female had a better knowledge, attitude and practice than male based on gender. Medium income (RM4000-9000) respondent have a better awareness than high and low income. Lastly, respondent who lives in urban site have a better awareness towards overweight and obesity compared to two other regions. In conclusion to the study conducted, it is found that females have more awareness when compared with males towards overweight and obesity. The suburban people have higher score in practice to overcome overweight and obesity but lower understanding than other regions. Thus, there is no significant correlation between gender, household income and region on awareness towards overweight and obesity. However, there were noticeable differences among the three individual variables.

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Published
2019-01-01
How to Cite
Ravindran Jaganathan, Vignesh Ramachandran, Rajeswari Ravindran, Sandheep Suganthan, Nurulain Akmaliah Binti Ibrahim, Muhammad AmirulSalihin Bin Badrool Hisham, Muhamad Zahir Bin Mohamed Akib, & Mohd Rahimi Bin Zulkifli. (2019). PRECLINICAL STUDENTS’ KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDE AND PRACTICE TOWARDS OBESITY AND OVERWEIGHT. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 19(1), 41-46. https://doi.org/10.37268/mjphm/vol.19/no.1/art.35