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Ann Glob Health. 2017 May - Aug;83(3-4):463-470. doi: 10.1016/j.aogh.2017.09.007. Epub 2017 Nov 22.

Measuring Healthy Lifestyle and Mental Health Indicators in South Asian Women Using the "Your Health: Quality of Life and Well-Being" Questionnaire.

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1
Newham University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom. Electronic address: nida_3683@hotmail.com.
2
GKT School of Medical Education, King's College London, London, United Kingdom.
3
School of Medical Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom.
4
ENT and Allergy Department, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. A literature review has revealed that there is no specific questionnaire available to assess well-being within the community.

METHODS:

Fifty South Asian women were randomly selected to complete the "Your Health: Quality of Life and Well-being Questionnaire" assessing diet, lifestyle, and mental health among others. Data from the questionnaires was extracted and participants were categorised based on these findings.

RESULTS:

This tool has positively identified a number of key risk factors for poor health, symptoms associated with mental illness, and the burden of comorbidities within the assessed cohort. Sixty-three percent of the women had an unhealthy body mass index (BMI), over half did not know the maximum limit of salt per day, and almost one-fourth had multiple health conditions.

CONCLUSIONS:

This questionnaire is an effective tool to use within the community. There is a significant burden of obesity, complicated by poor lifestyle habits and significant mood and anxiety symptoms within the studied South Asian population.

KEYWORDS:

diet; health promotion; lifestyle risk factors; mental health; public health; questionnaire; well-being

PMID:
29221518
DOI:
10.1016/j.aogh.2017.09.007
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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