TITLE

Overweight among primary school-age children in Malaysia

AUTHOR(S)
Naidu, Balkish Mahadir; Mahmud, Siti Zuraidah; Ambak, Rashidah; Sallehuddin, Syafinaz Mohd; Mutalip, Hatta Abdul; Saari, Riyanti; Sahril, Norhafizah; Hamid, Hamizatul Akmal Abdul
PUB. DATE
September 2013
SOURCE
Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition;Sep2013, Vol. 22 Issue 3, p408
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study is a secondary data analysis from the National Health Morbidity Survey III, a population-based stud conducted in 2006. A total of 7,749 children between 7 and 12 years old were recruited into the study. This study seeks to report the prevalence of overweight (including obesity) children in Malaysia using international cut-off point and identify its associated key social determinants. The results show that the overall prevalence of overweight children in Malaysia was 19.9%. The urban residents, males, Chinese, those who are wealthy, have over weight or educated guardians showed higher prevalence of overweight. In multivariable analysis, higher likelihood of being overweight was observed among those with advancing age (OR=1. 15), urban residents (OR:I. 16 95% CI: 1.01-1.36), the Chinese (OR=1.45, 95% CI: 1.19-1.77), boys (OR=1.23, 95% CI: 1.08-1.41), and who came from higher income family. In conclusion, one out of five of 7-12 year-old-children in Malaysia w overweight. Locality of residence, ethnicity, gender, guardian education, and overweight guardian were likely to be the predictors of this alarming issue. Societal and public health efforts are needed in order to reduce the burden of disease associated with obesity.
ACCESSION #
90143513

 

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