Impaired quality of life in overweight and obese young adults in rural Malaysia

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Introduction: The prevalence of overweight and obesity in developing countries is on the rise. It should be taken seriously to decrease the burden on health care and improve the quality of life (QOL). The aim of this cross sectional study was to determine the association of body mass index (BMI) and health-related quality of life (HR-QOL) among young adult in rural area of Malaysia. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted among 206 young adults who were randomly sampled from three villages between March and April 2013. All respondents completed a set of questionnaire comprising of socio-demographic data, validated Malay version of WHOQOL-BREF questionnaire to measure HR-QOL and anthropometric measurement. Results: The prevalences of overweight and obesity were 32.7% and 18.1% respectively. Univariate analyses showed that employed respondents, age and psychological domain of HR-QOL were significantly associated with BMI category. Linear regression analyses showed that obese young adults have lower mean score for psychological health domain of HR-QOL (adjusted b -5.75, 95%CI: -9.94, -1.55). Conclusion: Having ideal body weight can yield important health benefits and may increase the QOL among young adult.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
JournalBrunei International Medical Journal
Volume10
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Malaysia
Young Adult
Quality of Life
Body Mass Index
Obesity
Psychology
Ideal Body Weight
Insurance Benefits
Developing Countries
Linear Models
Cross-Sectional Studies
Regression Analysis
Demography
Delivery of Health Care
Surveys and Questionnaires
Health

Keywords

  • Body mass index
  • Obesity
  • Overweight
  • Quality of life
  • Young adults

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  • Medicine(all)

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