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Exploring the Knowledge Levels of Bankers on Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity: A Cross-Sectional Study, Ghana

Version 1 : Received: 13 January 2021 / Approved: 14 January 2021 / Online: 14 January 2021 (12:47:52 CET)

How to cite: Jonathan, J.; Baba, S.; Kwawudade Kezia, E.; Abambila, S.; Gyan, C.; Okonkwo Chinenye, I. Exploring the Knowledge Levels of Bankers on Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity: A Cross-Sectional Study, Ghana. Preprints 2021, 2021010267 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0267.v1). Jonathan, J.; Baba, S.; Kwawudade Kezia, E.; Abambila, S.; Gyan, C.; Okonkwo Chinenye, I. Exploring the Knowledge Levels of Bankers on Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity: A Cross-Sectional Study, Ghana. Preprints 2021, 2021010267 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0267.v1).

Abstract

Background: Overweight and obesity are becoming serious public health menace in the world today. Weight gain is skyrocketing across the globe due to growing economy, fast food expansion and a shift towards more sedentary living. However, most people lack knowledge regarding risks associated with overweight and obesity. Aim: The study aimed to explore the knowledge level of bankers in the Ho Municipality on the health risks associated with overweight and obesity. Methodology: A cross-sectional study design with quantitative method was employed. The study spanned from September 7, 2018 to April 25, 2019. A self-administered questionnaire and convenience sampling technique were used to obtain data. Data were analysed using IBM SPSS Statistics 21 Developer and the results presented in statistical tables and graphs. Results: Of 136 participants investigated, 67 (49.3%) were between 31 - 40 years. 2 participants (1.5%) were underweight, 49(36.0%) had normal weight, 43(31.6%) were overweight while 42 (30.9%) were obese. The study revealed that female bankers were prone to overweight (37.78%) while the males were prone to obesity (56.52%). Participants generally had low knowledge and awareness on health risks of overweight and obesity. Conclusion: Most bankers in the Ho Municipality were overweight and obese due to insufficient knowledge and low awareness on the risks associated with overweight and obesity. Public education and awareness creation are urgently needed to stem the tide.

Subject Areas

Knowledge; Overweight; Obesity; Body Mass Index; Health Risks

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