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Cross Sectional Study On The Dietary Habits And Lifestyle Practices Among University Students In Malaysia

Author(s) Kavii Varma, Kogila Muthusamy, Yeoh Chia Rou, Ghana Kavinya, Thein Win Naing
Country Malaysia
Abstract Introduction: Growing rates of young adults have fallen prey to poor eating habits leading to obesity and various health issues. The National Health and Morbidity Survey conducted in 2019 revealed 50.1% of Malaysia’s adult population to be within the weight range of overweight and obese. While a rising number of university students contributed to these numbers, it was also noted that the factors contributing to such findings were unhealthy eating habits and poor lifestyle choices.
Objective(s): This study assess the prevalence of overweight/obesity and explores the eating patterns and lifestyle practices among university students in Malaysia.
Methodologies: A cross-sectional study was conducted among university students in Malaysia. A total of 268 students participated in the study. Data was collected from December 2022 to June 2023. Self-administered questionnaire comprising of questions pertaining to living circumstances, current weight, height, information on dietary habits, lifestyle practices and knowledge of balanced nutrition. The collected data were used to correlate the student’s dietary habits with their lifestyle practices based on gender and BMI.
Results: The prevalence of overweight and obese students (53.378%) is higher than underweight and normal weight students consist of 55.245% of male students and 44.755% of female students. There is a significant association found between BMI, gender and assessment of dietary habits suggest that eating habits vary based on body weight and gender. Students with higher knowledge levels regarding food, lifestyle and nutrition tend to adopt better lifestyle practices. Conclusion: The study highlights the need for targeted interventions to promote healthier eating habits, lifestyle practices, and knowledge among university students. Strategies may include nutritional education programs, lifestyle workshops, and initiatives to enhance students' understanding of dieting, nutrition, and self-body image.
Keywords Dietary habits, lifestyle practices, obese, university students
Field Medical / Pharmacy
Published In Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024
Published On 2024-01-13
Cite This Cross Sectional Study On The Dietary Habits And Lifestyle Practices Among University Students In Malaysia - Kavii Varma, Kogila Muthusamy, Yeoh Chia Rou, Ghana Kavinya, Thein Win Naing - IJFMR Volume 6, Issue 1, January-February 2024. DOI 10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i01.8194
DOI https://doi.org/10.36948/ijfmr.2024.v06i01.8194
Short DOI https://doi.org/gtdsfc

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