Prevalence of abdominal obesity among Malaysian workers in Peninsular Malaysia

Prevalence of abdominal obesity among Malaysian workers in Peninsular Malaysia. International Journal of Allied Health Sciences (IJAHS), 6 (1). pp. 2549-2555. ISSN 2600-8491 (2022)


Abdominal obesity increases the risk of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes mellitus and hypertension due to fat accumulation in the intra-abdominal area. This study used the Waist Circumference (WC) and Waist-Hip Ratio (WHR) cut-off for the Asian population to test 683 male and 603 female Malaysian workers who volunteered for this study. The participants’ age is between 18 – 64-year-old. Based on the WC, 54.3% of males and 60.9% of females are categorized as having abdominal obesity. Meanwhile, the WHR recorded a higher prevalence of abdominal obesity among females at 65.0%. On the other hand, the percentage is lower among males by 16.1%. Several associations with abdominal obesity were found with gender, ethnicity, age, marital status, and job position. Therefore, new strategies are needed to increase awareness of abdominal obesity among the Malaysian workforces.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Abdominal obesity, Waist circumference, Waist-hip ratio, Cholesterol, Malaysian workers
Taxonomy: By Subject > Health Sciences > Nutrition and Dietitien
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Health Sciences
Depositing User: Hazrul Amir Tomyang (Puncak Alam)
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2022 08:26
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2022 08:26
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