Obesity knowledge and its associated factors among medical students in a Private University in Shah Alam, Selangor

Hasanain Faisal Ghazi, Mohammed A. Abdalqader, Mohammed Faez Baobaid, Tiba Nezar Hasan, Alabed Ali Ahmed Alabed, Vijay Veerabadran, Haitham Assem Abdalrazak, Thair Mousa Gazi, Mohd Rohaizat Hassan

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Overweight and obesity are growing health problems both worldwide and in Malaysia due to changes in lifestyle. This study aimed to find out the level of obesity knowledge and its associated factors among Year 1 and Year 5 medical students of Private Medical School in Shah Alam, Selangor. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 178 medical students consisting of year 1 (n=95) and year 5 (n= 83) from a Private University in Shah Alam during May to June 2018. Obesity knowledge was assessed by a 20-questionnaires items, consists of three domains: sociodemographic, level of knowledge of obesity and 8 questions about source of information on the obesity knowledge. The results showed that 121 people (68% of total respondents) have poor obesity knowledge. Only educational level showed significant association with obesity knowledge (p < 0.001) while other socio-demographic factors were not significant. As a conclusion, two-thirds of the medical students had poor knowledge regarding obesity. More educational promotion is needed to increase student's knowledge and awareness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume18
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Obesity
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Medical Schools
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Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Students
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Keywords

  • Knowledge
  • Medical students
  • Obesity
  • Private University
  • Shah Alam

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Ghazi, H. F., Abdalqader, M. A., Baobaid, M. F., Hasan, T. N., Alabed, A. A. A., Veerabadran, V., ... Hassan, M. R. (2018). Obesity knowledge and its associated factors among medical students in a Private University in Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, 18(2), 45-51.

Obesity knowledge and its associated factors among medical students in a Private University in Shah Alam, Selangor. / Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal; Abdalqader, Mohammed A.; Baobaid, Mohammed Faez; Hasan, Tiba Nezar; Alabed, Alabed Ali Ahmed; Veerabadran, Vijay; Abdalrazak, Haitham Assem; Gazi, Thair Mousa; Hassan, Mohd Rohaizat.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 18, No. 2, 01.01.2018, p. 45-51.

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Ghazi, HF, Abdalqader, MA, Baobaid, MF, Hasan, TN, Alabed, AAA, Veerabadran, V, Abdalrazak, HA, Gazi, TM & Hassan, MR 2018, 'Obesity knowledge and its associated factors among medical students in a Private University in Shah Alam, Selangor', Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 45-51.
Ghazi HF, Abdalqader MA, Baobaid MF, Hasan TN, Alabed AAA, Veerabadran V et al. Obesity knowledge and its associated factors among medical students in a Private University in Shah Alam, Selangor. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2018 Jan 1;18(2):45-51.
Ghazi, Hasanain Faisal ; Abdalqader, Mohammed A. ; Baobaid, Mohammed Faez ; Hasan, Tiba Nezar ; Alabed, Alabed Ali Ahmed ; Veerabadran, Vijay ; Abdalrazak, Haitham Assem ; Gazi, Thair Mousa ; Hassan, Mohd Rohaizat. / Obesity knowledge and its associated factors among medical students in a Private University in Shah Alam, Selangor. In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2018 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 45-51.
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