ASSESSING THE HEALTH AND ECONOMIC OUTCOMES OF BODY MASS INDEX

CHIA, CHUONG SHING (2020) ASSESSING THE HEALTH AND ECONOMIC OUTCOMES OF BODY MASS INDEX. [Final Year Project Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Overweight and obesity are frequently related to psychological and economic burden. In Malaysia, there is a consistent growth in the number of overweight and obese population over the past two decades. However, the comorbidity linked to being overweight and obese is greatly neglected in most medical literatures in this country. Thus, the primary objective of this study is to assess the economic and health outcomes of Body Mass Index (BMI). The present study utilizes an internet-based survey approach to carry out data collection. Among 220 respondents, 9.1% were underweight, 59.5% were of normal weight and 31.4% were overweight and obese. The findings of the study showed that the comorbidities due to greater BMI gives significant influence on productivity loss in terms of presenteeism but does not give any impact to the medical cost. The BMI group is prone to low self-esteem which is brought about by work-place discrimination. Therefore, policymakers or providers play a crucial role in planning out an effective weight intervention and management program to improve the welfare of such patients. A comprehensive care plan is also essential in reducing the burden incurred by the patients and their families.

Item Type: Final Year Project Report
Additional Information: Project Report (BEH) -- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 2020.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Body mass index, financial costs, productivity loss, health status
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Depositing User: Dan
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2021 08:45
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 08:45
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/37408

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