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The Anatolian Journal of Family Medicine The Beliefs of Obese People Towards Obesity [anatol j fm]
anatol j fm. 2020; 3(2): 101-106 | DOI: 10.5505/anatoljfm.2020.24633

The Beliefs of Obese People Towards Obesity

Güzin Zeren Öztürk1, Saliha Büşra Aksu1, Memet Taşkın Egici2
1Department of Family Medicine, University of Health Sciences, Şişli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey
2Department of Family Medicine, University of Health Sciences, Haydarpaşa Numune Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: Obesity is a multifactorial complex disease that can be prevented. Obesity is a state of weight gain due to environmental factors and malnutrition and is effective in genetic factors, such as other chronic diseases. Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or more. In this study, we aim to investigate the knowledge and behavior of obese people about obesity and give them feedback about their weight.
METHODS: This study was conducted with participants who applied to the Family Medicine Clinic for any reason between 01.12.2018-31.12.2018. The questionnaire included questions about socio-demographic factors and their attitudes and knowledge about obesity. The data were collected by doctors using face-to-face interviews.
RESULTS: One hundred thirty two obese were enrolled in the study. Seventy-one (53.8%) of them were women. Seventy-two (54.5%) of them were low educated and 84 (63.6%) of them had low income. Female had higher BMI than men but there was no significant relationship (35.0 (30.0-51.0) kg/m2 vs 34.0 (30.0-48.0) kg/m2, p=0.195). Obesity in family history was positive in 102 (77.3%) of patients. BMI of participants with self-reported low daily exercise levels were significantly higher than those with self-reported high daily exercise levels (p=0.014).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Obesity is a long-term and complex problem and it is more than just what people eat. Additional studies are needed to investigate socio-economic, environmental and familial factors to understand its complexity.

Keywords: Obesity, body mass index, knowledge

Güzin Zeren Öztürk, Saliha Büşra Aksu, Memet Taşkın Egici. The Beliefs of Obese People Towards Obesity. anatol j fm. 2020; 3(2): 101-106

Corresponding Author: Güzin Zeren Öztürk, Türkiye
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