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AuthorNurumal, Mohd Said
AuthorAbidin, Rohulizzat Zainal
AuthorIbrahim, Wisam Nabeel
AuthorMd Isa, Muhammad Lokman
AuthorChe Hasan, Muhammad Kamil
Available date2020-07-19T12:05:42Z
Publication Date2020-05-15
Publication NameMakara Journal of Health Research (MJHR)en_US
Identifierhttp://dx.doi.org/10.7454/msk.v24i1.1173
CitationNurumal M, Zainal Abidin R, Ibrahim W, Md Isa M, Che Hasan M. Obesity is associated with depression in Malaysian schoolchildren: A cross-sectional study. Makara J Health Res. 2020;24:8-12.
ISSN2356-3664
IdentifierArticle #2
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/15295
AbstractBackground: Overweight and obesity, which may lead to depression, have become prevalent among children worldwide. Hence, this study aimed to measure obesity and depression among schoolchildren in Kuantan. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in three different primary schools in Kuantan by purposive sampling. With consent from their parents/guardians, participants were given a self-administered questionnaire. Demographics and anthropometric measurement data were self-reported on the basis of the school records. Furthermore, body mass index was calculated. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20.0, and chi-square and correlation tests were conducted for the variables. Results: Among the 300 schoolchildren who responded, 14.3% were underweight, 37.7% were normal, 11% were overweight, and 37% were obese. Statistically, obesity and ethnicity, as well as obesity and sex, were not associated. Conversely, obesity and age, as well as obesity and depression, were significantly associated. Conclusion: Depression is associated with obesity among schoolchildren. Hence, a special approach for designing and implementing prevention programs is necessary to reduce the risk of obesity-led depression and other forms of comorbidity later in life.
Languageen
PublisherUniversitas Indonesia
SubjectChild
Subjectcross-sectional study
Subjectdepression
SubjectMalaysia
Subjectmental health
Subjectobesity
TitleObesity is associated with depression in Malaysian schoolchildren: A cross-sectional study
TypeArticle
Pagination8-12
Issue Number1
Volume Number24
ESSN2356-3656


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