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Original Research Article

Year: 2018 | Month: January-March | Volume: 3 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 26-32

Overweight: Perception of the Community in Mukim Sepang, Selangor

Alyana F.A, Maryam Z, Anis I.A, Ukashah I, Sabariah A.H

Faculty of Medicine, Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences, Malaysia

Corresponding Author: Alyana F.A


Overweight is defined as abnormal fat accumulation that linked with poor body image.  Misperceptions of weight status and practicing unhealthy weight control are generally seen with involvement of health risk behaviours and negligence of physical activity.  Therefore, this study aims to identify the perception towards overweight among community in MukimSepang.
A cross-sectional study was conducted with a universal sampling method.  The study was conducted via a face-to-face interview using a standardized questionnaire.  The data was analyzed using SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) Version 20.0. 
Forty percent of the respondents have fear towards overweight, 31.7% did not have willpower in losing weight and 22.1% have dislike perception towards overweight people.  High prevalence of fear perception could be seen among female and private sector staffs, however willpower is their challenges.
In conclusion, overweight may resulted from a lack of willpower and the best treatment is to practice healthy lifestyle as it is associated with a significant decrease in mortality.

Keywords: Testicular Self-Examination, Awareness, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice

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