Workplace Stress, Physical Activity and Eating Behavior and Its Relation to Obesity among Medical and Paramedical Staff
Iraqi Postgraduate Medical Journal,
2021, Volume 20, Issue 4, Pages 313-318
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health. Obesity increase the likelihood of various diseases and conditions, particularly cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, osteoarthritis and depression
To clarify the effect of work place stress , physical activity and eating behavior as determinants of obesity.
SUBJECTS AND METHOD:
A cross-sectional study with an analytic element, was conducted in eight hospitals and primary health care centers in al-Najaf city selected by a convenient non randomized sampling technique during the period from 1st of April 2018 through 31 December 2018. The total sample of study was 350 medical and paramedical staff .a self rated questionnaire was filled by participants regarding their work place stress , physical activity and eating behavior, weight and height was measured and BMI was calculated .
the rate of obesity was 10.3% and the rate of overweight was 42.3% . The study show that there is no significant association between workplace stress and eating behavior with obesity while significant association found between obesity and physical activity
Physical activity has an important role in the prevention of obesity , greater percentage of participants have normal BMI, greater percentage of participants have controlled eating. greater percentage of participants have low physical activity.
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