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Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 4
First page : ( 1649) Last page : ( 1654)
Print ISSN : 0974-3618. Online ISSN : 0974-360X.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-360X.2018.00307.4

Assess Knowledge, Attitude and Practice about Obesity among a Sample of Secondary School Students in Al-karkh District-Baghdad City

Al Khafaji Hajir T.1,*, Abdullah Sinaa K.2, Abdl-Jalil Rasha2

1Al-Karkh Health Sector, Baghdad, Iraq

2Al-Mansour Health Care Center, Baghdad, Iraq

*Corresponding Author E-mail: hajar-alkafaji@yahoo.com

Online published on 24 July, 2018.

Abstract

The rising prevalence of obesity is a worldwide problem affecting not only the developed world but also developing nations. the present study was carried out to determine knowledge, attitude and practice of secondary school students toward obesity. A random sample of 456 students from secondary schools of Baghdad city Al-karkh district selected, The data was gathered through interview questionnaire which consist of demographic information and general knowledge, attitude and practice about obesity.the resultshowed that (11.9%, 15.6%) of the female and male respectively were obese, and most obese students were in the 5th class and (33.3%, 33.8%) of female and male respectively were overweight, their source of information was from TV and internet and then from their families and friends. The students had a good knowledge and practice regarding obesity and overweight, with significant variation with gender and level of the classes, that is females had a significantly higher knowledge than males but males significantly had a good practice than female. The students in the 6th class were significantly had a good knowledge regarding obesity and overweight more than the other classes also the practice had a significant variation and the highest score was in the 5th class. we concluded that The students had a good knowledge and practice regarding obesity and overweight, with significant variation with gender and level of the classes.

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Keywords

Obesity, Knowledge, Attitude, Practice, Secondary school students.

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