IJSRP, Volume 7, Issue 3, March 2017 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Sabariah A.H.,Norhafizah A.M
Overweight is an increasing health problem in the world. It is associated with the development of diabetes mellitus, coronary heart disease, hypertension and osteoarthritis. The objectives of this study were to determine the prevalence of overweight and diseases related, among the elderly population in Kg. Baru, Sepang, Selangor and to identify their self-conscious on weight status.A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted on elderly persons, who consented to participate. The prevalence of overweight and obese were 34% and 30%, respectively.Majority of the overweight respondents were diabetic (61.1%), whereas among the obese elderly 72.2% were having hypertension. Among the elderly respondents with overweight and obese, 83.3% and 62.5% respectively, were not conscious about their own body weight status and it was statistically significance (p < 0.05).It is crucial for this group of subjects to have their weight reduced by methods such as dietary control and physical exercise. Health education should also be targeted on this aspect.