TITLE

Obesity and Habitual Physical Activity Level among Staffs Working in a Military Hospital in Malacca, Malaysia

AUTHOR(S)
Ayiesah, R.; Leonard, J. H.; Vijaykumar, P.; Suhaimy, R. Mohd
PUB. DATE
June 2013
SOURCE
International Medical Journal Malaysia;Jun2013, Vol. 12 Issue 1, p53
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Introduction: Obesity has been recognized as a major public health concern due to lack of physical activity and a sedentary lifestyle. Methods: This cross sectional study was carried out to determine the status of body mass index (BMI) and habitual physical activity level among staffs working in Military Hospital, Malacca using Habitual Physical Activity Questionnaire (HPAQ). Results: About 120 HPAQ were distributed and only 82 responded with 23(28%) of them males and 59 (72%) females, aged between 21 to 59 (40.52 ± 9.38) years old. Anthropometry analysis showed the mean weight of male respondents was 79.48 (± 16.33) and 70.95 (± 15.66) for the females. Body mass index (BMI) for males (33.61 ± 2.82) was almost similar to females ( 33.20± 2.95).The mean waist circumference of men was 93.26 (± 10.94)cm compared to 94.03 (± 11.98)cm in the females. Following categorization of BMI, 59% (n=48) are in the obese group, 24% (n=20) are overweight and only 17% (n=14) have an ideal body weight or normal BMI. Relationship between BMI and HPAQ demonstrated strong and significant correlation coefficient for habitual physical activity at work (r = 0.775, p < 0.001), sports (r = 0.735, p < 0.05) and leisure ( r = 0.713, p < 0.001). Conclusion: The staffs working in the Hospital demonstrated poor habitual physical activity which explains for the high incidence of obesity among the staffs. This requires measures to be taken to promote a healthier lifestyle among them.
ACCESSION #
93620304

 

Related Articles

  • PREVALÊNCIA DE SEDENTARISMO, OBESIDADE E RISCO DE DOENÇAS CARDIOVASCULARES EM FREQUENTADORES DO CEAFIR. da Costa, Marianne Penachini; da Silva, Natália Turri; Giacon, Thais Roque; Vitor, Ana Laura Ricci; Vanderlei, Luis Carlos Marques // Colloquium Vitae;2011, Vol. 3 Issue 1, p22 

    Obesity and sedentarism are important risk factors for the developing cardiovascular disease and the physical activity is essential to prevent these. To understand how these risk factors are present and to alow the best prevention approach, this study aims to analyse the prevalence of...

  • Body mass index, fitness and physical activity from childhood through adolescence. Pahkala, Katja; Hernelahti, Miika; Heinonen, Olli J.; Raittinen, Päivi; Hakanen, Maarit; Lagström, Hanna; Viikari, Jorma S. A.; Rönnemaa, Tapani; Raitakari, Olli T.; Simell, Olli // British Journal of Sports Medicine;Jan2013, Vol. 47 Issue 2, p71 

    Background Obesity, sedentary lifestyle and poor cardiorespiratory fitness in childhood may increase the risk of health problems later in life. Purpose The authors studied the association of early childhood weight status with cardiorespiratory fitness and leisure-time physical activity (LTPA) in...

  • EFFECT OF SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE, NUTRITIONAL STATUS AND SEX ON THE FLEXIBILITY OF SCHOOL CHILDREN. Graciosa, Maylli Daiani; Jordão Coelho, Jerusa; Resende da Costa, Letícia Miranda; de Medeiros, Daiane Lazzeri; Martinello, Micheli; Kittel Ries, Lilian Gerdi // Revista Brasileira de Crescimento e Desenvolvimento Humano;2013, Vol. 23 Issue 2, p144 

    Introduction: assart-day life habits have led to a more sedentary lifestyle, contributing to increased obesity. In view of these changes, it is necessary to understand whether the flexibility of the individual has also been influenced. Objective: to investigate the influence of sex, sedentary...

  • Preventing Weight Gain in Women in Rural Communities: A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial. Lombard, Catherine; Harrison, Cheryce; Kozica, Samantha; Zoungas, Sophia; Ranasinha, Sanjeeva; Teede, Helena // PLoS Medicine;1/19/2016, Vol. 13 Issue 1, p1 

    Background: Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions in both developed and developing countries. Even modest weight gain increases the risk for chronic illness, yet evidence-based interventions to prevent weight gain are rare. This trial will determine if a simple low-intensity...

  • The Work and Home Activities Questionnaire: Energy Expenditure Estimates and Association With Percent Body Fat. Block, Gladys; Jensen, Christopher D.; Block, Torin J.; Norris, Jean; Dalvi, Tapashi B.; Fung, Ellen B. // Journal of Physical Activity & Health;Sep2009 Supplement, Vol. 6, pS61 

    Background: Understanding and increasing physical activity requires assessment of occupational, home, leisure and sedentary activities. Methods: A physical activity questionnaire was developed using data from a large representative U.S. sample; includes occupational, leisure and home-based...

  • Physical Activity, Sedentary Lifestyle, and Obesity Among Indian Dental Professionals. Singh, Abhinav; Purohit, Bharathi // Journal of Physical Activity & Health;May2012, Vol. 9 Issue 4, p563 

    Background: Regular physical activity is well recognized as an important lifestyle behavior for the development and maintenance of individual and population health and well-being. This study was conducted to evaluate physical activity, sedentary lifestyle, and obesity among Indian dental health...

  • Association between electronic equipment in the bedroom and sedentary lifestyle, physical activity, and body mass index of children. de Moraes Ferrari, Gerson Luis; Araújo, Timóteo Leandro; Oliveira, Luis Carlos; Matsudo, Victor; Fisberg, Mauro // Jornal de Pediatria;Nov/Dec2015, Vol. 91 Issue 6, p574 

    Objective: To describe the association between electronic devices in the bedroom with sedentary time and physical activity, both assessed by accelerometry, in addition to body mass index in children from São Caetano do Sul. Methods: The sample consisted of 441 children. The presence of...

  • PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND OBESITY IN A SAMPLE OF SCHOOL CHILDREN FROM CLUJ-NAPOCA, ROMANIA. Macra-Oşorhean, Maria; Lupu, Iustin; Kertesz, Adela // Quality - Access to Success;2012 Supplement 2, Vol. 13, p465 

    Obesity is a major public health in all the countries of the world, but who make progresses in the third world too. The present study aims to examine the relationship between physical activity and obesity in a sample of schoolchildren from primary and gymnasium level from Cluj-Napoca city,...

  • Joint associations of physical activity and sedentary behaviors with body mass index: results from a time use survey of US adults. Dunton, G. F.; Berrigan, D.; Ballard-Barbash, R.; Graubard, B.; Atienza, A. A. // International Journal of Obesity;Dec2009, Vol. 33 Issue 12, p1427 

    Objective:Obesity risk is negatively associated with physical activity and positively associated with time spent in sedentary behaviors. Yet, it is not known how different combinations of sedentary and active behavior are associated with body mass index (BMI). This study examined the interaction...

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics