Obesity and habitual physical activity level among staffs working in a Military Hospital in Malacca, Malaysia

Ramli Ayiesah, J. H. Leonard, P. Vijaykumar, R. Mohd Suhaimy

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    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.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)53-58
    Number of pages6
    JournalInternational Medical Journal Malaysia
    Volume12
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Military Hospitals
    Malaysia
    Obesity
    Exercise
    Body Mass Index
    Sedentary Lifestyle
    Ideal Body Weight
    Anthropometry
    Leisure Activities
    Waist Circumference
    Sports
    Public Health
    Cross-Sectional Studies
    Weights and Measures
    Surveys and Questionnaires
    Incidence

    Keywords

    • Body mass index
    • Hospital staffs
    • Military hospitals
    • Obesity
    • Physical activity

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    • Medicine(all)

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    Obesity and habitual physical activity level among staffs working in a Military Hospital in Malacca, Malaysia. / Ayiesah, Ramli; Leonard, J. H.; Vijaykumar, P.; Mohd Suhaimy, R.

    In: International Medical Journal Malaysia, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2013, p. 53-58.

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    Ayiesah, Ramli ; Leonard, J. H. ; Vijaykumar, P. ; Mohd Suhaimy, R. / Obesity and habitual physical activity level among staffs working in a Military Hospital in Malacca, Malaysia. In: International Medical Journal Malaysia. 2013 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 53-58.
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