Prevalence of Obesity and Screening for Diabetes Among Secondary School Students


  • Edmund Wei Chang Yu AIMST UNIVERSITY
  • Narwani Hussin
  • Marliana Abd Rahim
  • Sreevali Muthuvadivelu
  • Wai Seong Chan


Prevalence-Obesity-Overweight-Diabetes Mellitus- School Children


Objective: There is an increasing trend of obesity in children and adolescent globally. The objectives of this study were to identify the prevalence of overweight and obesity among students from secondary schools and to determine the mean random blood sugar (RBS) for the overweight and obese students. 

Methods: This was a cross sectional study. All secondary schools that were scheduled for visit by the School Health Team, Taiping in July 2016 were included. A standardized data collection sheet was used to collect the data. Overweight and obesity were defined based on WHO 2007 reference for BMI-for-age criteria. Random blood glucose was checked for overweight and obese students.

Results: A total of 184 school students consented and participated. 128 (69.6%) were female and 90 (48.9%) were Malays. The mean weight and height were 56.21 kg and 1.61 m respectively with BMI of 21.49 kg/m2. Overall, the prevalence of obese and overweight were 12.5% and 10.9 % respectively. No significant difference found among sex and races. RBS readings among overweight and obese students were within normal range with mean of 5.95 (0.67) mmol/l (range between 4.60 – 7.70 mmol/l)    

Conclusion: The overall prevalence of overweight and obesity was high among the students. However, there was no prevalence of Type II diabetes mellitus among them.


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How to Cite

Yu, E. W. C., Hussin, N., Abd Rahim, M., Muthuvadivelu, S., & Chan, W. S. (2018). Prevalence of Obesity and Screening for Diabetes Among Secondary School Students. International Journal of Public Health Research, 8(1), 907–912. Retrieved from