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Obesity poses significant health risks, including increased cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The Mental and Emotional Assessment on Obesity for Medical Students (MEAMSO) study assesses medical students’ knowledge, attitudes, behaviors, and self-efficacy towards obesity. A questionnaire was distributed to second-year medical students at Texila American University, Guyana. The results underscore the need for targeted obesity education among healthcare providers in the region, providing insights into how they perceive this pressing public health concern in developing countries. Enhancing healthcare professionals’ understanding of obesity is crucial in addressing this growing global health problem.
Mental and Emotional Assessment on Obesity
Obesity is one of the leading problems in the world now. Nearly 422 million people worldwide have diabetes. The affected majority live in Middle and low-income countries. Furthermore, 1.6 million deaths and countless more health complications are directly associated with diabetes annually.
Obesity is the abnormal or excess accumulation of fat or adipose tissue in the human body. Studies indicate that around 38% of the world’s population could end up being overweight and another 20% obese. It is now more crucial than ever for doctors to have adequate knowledge and training to handle obesity. The below-attached study by scholars Tajnin M. Hashim, Kamo Boikhutso explores the readiness, capacity, and attitude of med students.
Insufficient knowledge of treatment and a feeble attitude towards obese patients can lead to inconsistency and low efficacy. To assess the level of obesity knowledge and attitude of second-year medical students in Texila American University- Com Georgetown, Guyana, a short but detailed 14-item questionnaire was designed and circulated to obtain med student’s knowledge and perspective on obesity. The study subjects were second-year medical students studying at Texila American University’s campuses. All the students enrolled in the study were requested to fill up the questionnaire. Participation was anonymous and voluntary.
The study concluded with interesting findings on medical students’ knowledge and attitude that will help readers understand the awareness that students possess on obesity care.