Identifying Factors of Obesity in Papua New Guinea: A Descriptive Study

Andrew Pus, Michiko Moriyama, Mariko Uno, Md Moshiur Rahman
2016 Health (Irvine, Calif.)  
Obesity and overweight are complex phenomena due to causes and consequences as these are the predisposing factors for developing lifestyle-related diseases. In the recent times, obesity and chronic diseases are being taken very seriously than ever before. Once upon a time, obesity was considered as a problem only in developed countries, now it is of a serious concern in low-and middle-income countries. In Papua New Guinea (PNG), a few studies have been conducted on obesity-related issues.
more » ... lated issues. However, there is not enough data on obesity to clearly understand about the leading contributing factors. Our research group designed this study to assess the influencing factors of obesity and as well as to identify the principal cause. It is a descriptive study, used structured and semi-structured interview and survey questionnaire. This study was conducted in the capital city of PNG, Port Moresby, and recruited 87 adults aged 30 -50 years. According to interview and analysis findings, the contributing factors of obesity are less physical movement, unhealthy diet, lifestyle, cultural value system, low education and social system. Government strategies and initiatives are not strong enough to educate and motivate the community people. This study suggests developing an effective coordination among all stakeholders to ensure quality education and increase awareness to prevent obesity and its complications. The standard health policies and strategies are also recommended at the local, national and international level with strong commitment.
doi:10.4236/health.2016.814158 fatcat:vypeavckdbacxb4plomtd22qle