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