Research Article
Volume 5 Issue 10 - 2020
An Examination of the Body Weight Status amongst Iranian Secondary School Children Living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Maryam Zarei1, Fatemeh Zarei2, Abdul-Razak Abubakar3 and Ebrahim K Naderali4,5*
1Department of Nutrition, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran
2Halal Research Centre of Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran, Iran
3Department of Public Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK
4Schoold of Health Sciences, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, UK
5Institute of Essential Oil Research, University of Kashan, Kashan, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Ebrahim K Naderali, Professor, School of Health Sciences, Liverpool Hope University, UK
Received: September 21, 2020; Published: September 30, 2020




Abstract

Obesity is now a major global health concern contributing to a significant premature morbidity and mortality in adults. The rate of obesity in children and adolescence are increasing at an alarming rate with an outlook suggesting continued trend of obesity in childhood and adolescents for years to come. The primary cause of obesity is lifestyle change with a combination of increased high calorie intake and adoption of a sedentary lifestyle. This study examines factors contributing to obesity in a sample of 280 school aged expat Iranian children living in Malaysia. The finding from this study indicates that there is a direct relationship between disposable cash available to children as well as the increasing age with their body weight increase (higher BMI and obesity). There were no association between household income, or parental educational or occupational status suggesting little or no parental input in guiding their off springs towards a healthy diet. This together with availability of disposable cash provided a suitable environment for children and adolescents to practice an unhealthy dietary exercise leading to a higher BMI level.

Keywords: Adolescents; Healthy Dietary Intake; Obesity; Body Mass Index (BMI); Disposable Cash

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Citation: Ebrahim K Naderali., et al. “An Examination of the Body Weight Status amongst Iranian Secondary School Children Living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia”. EC Endocrinology and Metabolic Research 5.10 (2020): 30-41.

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