Knowledge and Beliefs of Lifestyle Diseases among Employed Adults - A cross sectional study in Udupi municipality, Karnataka, INDIA.

Sabu, KM and Shiny, GN and Reshmi, B and Nagaraj, K and Binu, VS (2009) Knowledge and Beliefs of Lifestyle Diseases among Employed Adults - A cross sectional study in Udupi municipality, Karnataka, INDIA. International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, Public Health and Technology, 1 (1). pp. 11-14.

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Abstract

Background: Lifestyle diseases have emerged as one of leading cause of mortality across the world. Globally, by 2015 lifestyle disease cause a big economic burden in developing countries and some of the Asian countries will be worst affected countries. Objectives: This study aimed to find out knowledge and beliefs among employed adults on selected lifestyle diseases. Methods: This was a cross sectional study in a semi-urban location of south India conducted in 2008.The sample consisted of 320 employed adults, selected by convenient sampling and interviewed using a validated structured questionnaire. Results: Majority has poor knowledge on risk factors of lifestyle disease (66.2%), poor knowledge on general causes of lifestyle diseases (42.8%) and 58% of respondents has poor knowledge in identifying lifestyle diseases. More than 50% of the subjects agreed; relaxation activities, stress management, regular physical activities and ample knowledge about health are required to prevent lifestyle disease. Conclusion: This study reveals that more emphasis should be laid on improving awareness about lifestyle diseases among all strata of population including educated and employed adults.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belief, Employed adult, Lifestyle disease, Knowledge.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Health Information Management
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Departments at MU > Statistics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2011 05:33
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2013 07:39
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/873

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