Prevalence and Contributing Factors towards Overweight and Obesity among Nursing Students in a Private Healthcare University College in Malaysia

International Journal of Nursing and Health Science
© 2021 by SSRG - IJNHS Journal
Volume 7 Issue 3
Year of Publication : 2021
Authors : Dharneshaa Balu, Annamma K, AiniA, Roziah A, Syamilah M
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Dharneshaa Balu, Annamma K, AiniA, Roziah A, Syamilah M, "Prevalence and Contributing Factors towards Overweight and Obesity among Nursing Students in a Private Healthcare University College in Malaysia," SSRG International Journal of Nursing and Health Science, vol. 7,  no. 3, pp. 5-12, 2021. Crossref,


Obesity is now well recognized as a disease in its own right, largely preventable through lifestyle changes, especially diet. Overweight and obesity are commonly classified by calculating body mass index (BMI). According to World Health Organization, more than 1.9 billion adults aged 18 years and older were overweight, and over 650 million adults were obese in 2016. This research aimed to determine the prevalence and factors of overweight and obesity among nursing students at one of the Private Healthcare universities in Malaysia. The research design chosen in this study is a descriptive quantitative design. The suggested method for data collection is an anonymous self-administered questionnaire via goggle forms with close-ended items of the question, distributed to 214 selected registered diploma nursing students. The researcher intends to target the population as all the second and third year of diploma nursing students. The sample size of the population is 214 nursing students selected as calculated. This study used the convenience sampling method to enroll eligible participants. The data was under a frequency or descriptive count. The researcher also used the chi-square test to analyze the relationship between demographic data, factors of obesity which is significant for this study. Out of the study population, obesity was found in 27 individuals and overweight among 50 individuals. There was a significant relationship between family history of Obesity and Body Mass Index (BMI). No significant relationship between physical activity or eating factors on Body Mass Index (BMI).


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