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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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Prevalence of Obesity and Daily Lifestyles of the Registered Nurses in Malaysia


Volume 7, Issue 3, August 2014, Pages 1202–1208

 Prevalence of Obesity and Daily Lifestyles of the Registered Nurses in Malaysia

Jeya Devi Coomarasamy1, Dr Nyo Nyo Wint2, Dr Donna Lou E. Neri3, and Sheiladevi Sukumaran4

1 School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
3 School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4 School of Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UCSI University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Original language: English

Received 14 July 2014

Copyright © 2014 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


The rate of obesity has increased in Malaysia over the years and has become one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the country. Nurses as role models have a professional responsibility to promote healthy lifestyle among the general population. This cross - sectional survey is aimed to determine the prevalence of obesity among female Registered Nurses in Malaysia, as well as to assess their medical and reproductive health statuses, eating patterns, exercise patterns, and stress reduction activities. Results revealed that most of the nurse-respondents were middle-aged, married, with more than 10 year experiences working as staff nurses in public hospitals. The BMI data shows that overweight and obesity is an actual and emerging issue among nurses. Out of the 1086 Registered Nurses, 50.6% were either pre-obese (33.5%) or obese (17.1%). Nurses and other stakeholders should address this problem promptly. There is indication of knowledge-behavior gap among the nurse-respondents' overall lifestyle patterns. Their knowledge in terms of proper dietary choices, rest, and stress reduction activities needs to be reinforced to promote healthier lifestyle. It is recommended that staff health especially the monitoring of weight be included as part of health promotional programs initiative of every organization together with a supportive environment. Attention must also be given to work-related conditions which has an impact on stress.

Author Keywords: Body mass index, health status, lifestyle, obesity, Registered Nurses.


How to Cite this Article


Jeya Devi Coomarasamy, Dr Nyo Nyo Wint, Dr Donna Lou E. Neri, and Sheiladevi Sukumaran, “Prevalence of Obesity and Daily Lifestyles of the Registered Nurses in Malaysia,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1202–1208, August 2014.