• Hejar Abdul Rahman Faculty Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM
  • Shaza Wahieda Mohd Shaffie Faculty Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM
  • Junainah Sabirin Medical Officer of Health, Sepang, Selangor
  • Zaiton Ahmad Faculty Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM
  • Long Seh Chin Faculty Medicine and Health Sciences, UPM
Keywords: physical activity, smoking, obesity, cross sectional study, health centres


Physical activity, smoking, and obesity, are important modifiable risk factors for numerous diseases and conditions. A cross-sectional study was undertaken to determine the prevalence of obesity, physical activity, and smoking among the attendees of three health clinics at Dengkil, Salak Tinggi and Sungai Pelek, District of Sepang using structured bilingual questionnaire as well as anthropometric measurements. Samples were systematically selected from the daily registered attendees. The authors found that 77.2% were current smoker‚ 39.8% of the respondents did not exercise and 31.0% were overweight and 13.8% obese. There was a preponderance of Malays who exercised (p<0.05). Jogging, brisk walking and aerobic exercises were most popular among the study participants. Seventy-seven percent were current smokers and all were males (p<0.05). The majority of the smokers had secondary education (X2= 8.793, elf 1, p<0.05). Most of the smokers were in the 20-29 years age group and all were males (p>0.05). Three quarter of them intended to stop smoking. The predictors for exercise were being overweight and obese (p<0.05). There were 117 (31.0%) overweight and 52 (13.8%) obese attendees. There were more obese females than males (p>0.05). Ninety-five (51.4%) of the overweight and obese respondents exercised as compared to 118 (61.5%) with normal weight who did not exercise (X2= 5.798, df 1, p<0.05).


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Hejar Abdul Rahman, Shaza Wahieda Mohd Shaffie, Junainah Sabirin, Zaiton Ahmad, & Long Seh Chin. (2003). THE PREVALENCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, SMOKING AND OBESITY AMONG THE ATTENDEES OF HEALTH CLINICS IN SEPANG DISTRICT . Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 3(1), 23-29. Retrieved from