Introduction: Obesity is the excessive
or abnormal accumulation of fat or adipose tissue in the body that may impair health.
It is been expected that, by 2030, 38% of the population to be overweight and another
20% is obese. Hence, it is important that, the medical students to have adequate
knowledge on obesity. Otherwise, poor knowledge and attitude on obesity lead to
inconsistency and low efficacy of treatment and outcome.
Methods: To assess the level of obesity
knowledge and attitude of second year medical students in TAU- COM, Georgetown,
Guyana. A 14-item questionnaire was designed to obtain the knowledge and attitude
of medical students on obesity. The study subjects were second year medical students
(Both MD3 & MD4) studying at TAU- COM, Georgetown, Guyana, South America. All
the students enrolled in the study were requested to fill up the questionnaire.
Participation was voluntary and anonymous.
Results: More than 73% of the participants
strongly agreed that, obesity is a chronic disease. Participants (50%) have opined
that, weight reduction is helpful in prevention of complications in obesity. Almost
half of the participants have recorded that, inactive life style, watching television
excessively and lack of sleep lead to weight gain. Majority (76%) of the participants
agreed that, weight around the waist is more dangerous than around hips. Significant
(86%) number of students agreed "they feel comfortable when examining an obese
patient" and "it is not difficult for them to feel empathy for the obese
patient"; in addition, they believed that overweight people lack will-power
and are lazier.
Conclusion: The result of study concludes
that, most of the study participants had adequate knowledge and have moderate positive
attitude toward obese patients.
student, Attitude, Knowledge, Obesity.