Research Article Weight Status, Body Image Perception and Physical Activity of Malay Female College Students in Kota Bharu, Kelantan, MalaysiaReihaneh Hadipour*, Wan Abdul Manan Wan Muda, Soo Kah LengThe purposes of this study were to determine the weight status, body image perception and physical activity among female college students in Kota Bharu, Kelantan. Body Mass Index (BMI) and waist circumference were the taken anthropometric measurements. To assess the body image dissatisfaction and physical activity patterns of college female students, figure rating scale and International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) were used, respectively. Data collected were analysed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS). A sample of 215 female college students aged between 18-25 years old completed the questionnaires.
Editorial Article Paradigm Shift of Obesity Research
Hidesuke Kaji M.D., Ph.D.*
Obesity is the state that excessive fat is accumulated to the adipose tissue. Simple clinical marker of obesity is body mass index that is higher than 25~30 kg/m2. Medical intervention is necessary when the obesity is characterized by an excessive visceral fat accumulation or has comorbidities including such as diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary artery disease. Over-nutrition and lack of exercise are the most common cause of obesity. Mutations of genes including melanocortin receptor 4 or leptin receptor have been reported as monogenic causes of obesity, but it is quite small in population.
Potential Mechanisms for Obesity-Asthma Link
M. Metin Donma*
Obesity and asthma prevalence have rapidly increased worldwide. Clinical and epidemiological studies support a strong positive relationship between these two chronic diseases, which are associated with inflammation. It is interesting to note that overweight and obese children are at higher risk for asthma. Obesity probably has an effect on asthma development through several different mechanisms.