Limited health literacy and its associated factors among overweight and obese housewives living in Klang Valley low cost flats: Findings from the my body is fit and fabulous at home (Mybff@Home) study

Siti Nurbaya Shahrir, Khadijah Shamsuddin, Noor Safiza Mohamad Nor, Cheong Siew Man, Mohd Azahadi Omar, Mohamad Hasnan Ahmad, Rashidah Ambak

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Limited health literacy is highly associated with poor health status. The concept of health literacy in public health relates to the concern that people with lower health literacy were also less likely to engage in health promoting behaviours. This is an analysis on health literacy and its associated factors among housewives and also a sub analysis of the Malaysian My Body is Fit and Fabulous at Home (MyBFF@home) study involving 328 overweight and obese housewives living in low cost flats in Klang Valley, part of a weight loss programme recruited using convenient sampling. Health literacy was measured using the Malay version of Newest Vital Sign (NVS) test with scores ranging from 0 to 6. Total score of ≤ 2 indicate limited health literacy and total scores of > 2indicate adequate health literacy. Descriptive analysis, chi-square test and multiple logistic regression were used to analyse the data.The mean(SD) NVS score was 1.07(1.19) with most (87.5%) housewives having limited health literacy. Factors that were significantly associated with limited health literacy were older age of 45 to 59 years old (p = 0.040), primary education and below (p = 0.001) and absence of internet connectivity (p = 0.001). In the final model, absence of internet connectivity (OR 2.61; 95%CI 1.31 to 5.22) was associated with limited health literacy. Majority of the housewives have limited health literacy and providing internet connectivity to housewives may increase their health literacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-27
Number of pages9
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Health Literacy
Costs and Cost Analysis
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Weight Reduction Programs
Chi-Square Distribution
Health Status

Keywords

  • Health literacy
  • Housewives
  • Low cost flats
  • Newest Vital Sign
  • Obese

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Limited health literacy and its associated factors among overweight and obese housewives living in Klang Valley low cost flats : Findings from the my body is fit and fabulous at home (Mybff@Home) study. / Shahrir, Siti Nurbaya; Shamsuddin, Khadijah; Mohamad Nor, Noor Safiza; Man, Cheong Siew; Omar, Mohd Azahadi; Ahmad, Mohamad Hasnan; Ambak, Rashidah.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 18, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 19-27.

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