The use of weight loss products among overweight and obese patients in Malaysia

Murni Aliza Abd Malik, Mohd Fairuz Ali, Noor Azimah Muhammad

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Introduction: Local profiles on the use of weight loss products are scarce. The study aims to address this together with concerns on the users’ misperception of the safety of these products, and the absence of high-quality evidence to support such use. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in overweight and obese patients attending a public primary care clinic in Penang. Selected patients were given a set of self-administered questionnaire that assessed types of weight loss products used, factors that influenced the usage and the users’ perception of their own body weight and the diet products they are taking. Results: From 332 participants of this study, 18.7% were users. Mean age of users were 44.6 (SD 11.9) years. The majority (66.1%) only used dietary supplements, 11.3% used weight loss medications and the rest (22.6%) used both products. Reasons for its use were for health, a faster result to lose weight and failing dieting and exercise regimes. The average amount spent on this was RM100 per month. Commonest source of weight loss products were friends. Majority (80.6%) did not discuss the use of the products with doctors. Factors associated with the use of weight loss products were being female (AOR=5.59), had tertiary level education (AOR=2.27), being employed (AOR=3.42), self-perceived of overweight (AOR=3.61) and perception that weight loss products as safe (AOR 2.48). Conclusion: Users of weight loss products are among highly educated working females who perceived themselves as being overweight and assume the products are safe.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-30
Number of pages8
JournalMalaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences
Volume15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Malaysia
Weight Loss
Dietary Supplements
Primary Health Care
Cross-Sectional Studies
Body Weight
Exercise
Diet
Safety
Education
Weights and Measures
Health

Keywords

  • Anti-obesity agents
  • Diet
  • Obesity
  • Obesity Management
  • Perception

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  • Medicine(all)

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The use of weight loss products among overweight and obese patients in Malaysia. / Malik, Murni Aliza Abd; Ali, Mohd Fairuz; Muhammad, Noor Azimah.

In: Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences, Vol. 15, 01.01.2019, p. 23-30.

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