PREVALENCE OF OBESITY BIAS AMONG YOUNG ADULTS IN BAGHDAD CITY, IRAQ

Authors

  • Hasanain Faisal Ghazi College of Nursing, Al-Bayan University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Tiba Nezar Hasan College of Medicine, Ibn Sina University of Medical & Pharmaceutical Sciences, Baghdad, Iraq.
  • Taqi Mohammed Jwad Taher Family and Community Medicine Department, College of Medicine, Wasit University, Wasit, Iraq
  • Mohammed A. AbdalQader Community Medicine Department, University of Cyberjaya, Malaysia
  • Ahmed Alaa Al-Temimi Clinical Pharmacy Department, College of Pharmacy, Al-Bayan University, Baghdad, Iraq

Keywords:

Obesity, Stigmatization, Young adults, Baghdad, Bias

Abstract

Obesity became a global concern more than 40 years ago as a result of a continual increase in prevalence. The aim was to determine the prevalence of obesity stigmatization among young adults in Baghdad city. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 305 young adults (161 males & 144 females) living in Baghdad, Iraq Through convenient sampling. Respondents' self-administered questionnaire was utilized to gather data. Attitude towards obese people (ATOP) questionnaires were used. Around two-thirds of the respondents (64.6%) had a positive attitude towards people living with obesity. Only 35.4% had a negative attitude and obesity bias. There was a significant association (P-value=0.034) between obesity bias and body mass index (BMI). There was no significant association between gender, educational level, and occupation with obesity bias (P-value= 0.630, 0.546, and 0.586), respectively.  In conclusion, 35.4% of the respondents had unfavorable opinions of obese persons. BMI is the most significant factor that was linked to a pessimistic attitude

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2023-12-28

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Ghazi, H. F., Hasan, T. N., Taher, T. M. J., AbdalQader, M. A., & Al-Temimi , A. A. (2023). PREVALENCE OF OBESITY BIAS AMONG YOUNG ADULTS IN BAGHDAD CITY, IRAQ. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 23(3), 201–207. Retrieved from https://mjphm.org/index.php/mjphm/article/view/2459