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Title: Obesity in Malta : a risk management assessment
Authors: Galea, Chantelle (2021)
Keywords: Obesity -- Malta
Risk management -- Malta
Nutrition policy -- Malta
Issue Date: 2021
Citation: Galea, C. (2021). Obesity in Malta: a risk management assessment (Master's dissertation).
Abstract: Obesity rates in Malta have been on the increase for quite a few years, and although several policies and campaigns were implemented, no positive results were yielded. This study aims at looking into obesity risk in Malta through a risk management approach by identifying the main lifestyle factors that are strongly related to obesity in Malta within the adult population and within the child population. Furthermore, the study aims at identifying whether the current policies and campaigns are effective, and what can be done to address the obesity epidemic in Malta. The author will put forward several propositions, which will later be tested to confirm whether these propositions are true or not. To conduct this study, data was collected through two surveys, the first aimed at collecting information about adults, whilst the second aimed at collecting data about children. The survey responses collected were 424 and 166 for adults and children respectively. The data was then analysed using SPSS by running a regression analysis to identify which factors are statistically significant and therefore establish which factors are highly related to obesity in Malta. Furthermore, thematic analysis was used to identify whether current policies or campaigns were effective and also to gather data about what the population thinks that the government can do to help reduce obesity risk in Malta. It resulted that within the adult population, the variables that are highly influencing obesity are education, the number of active hours and perceived BMI. In the case of the variables influencing obesity within the Maltese child population, these resulted to be age, perceived BMI, and the intake of meat/chicken/fish for dinner. Current policies and campaigns require more promotion, as the population is not really aware of any policies or campaigns and therefore one can conclude that they are not very effective. Any future policies or campaigns require a whole- system approach meaning that obesity has to be tackled through different areas such as transport and education. Having identified the lifestyle variables contributing to obesity risk, since they are the only controllable risk factors, campaigns and policies can be developed specifically targeting the above-mentioned factors and therefore managing obesity risk.
Description: M.A.(Melit.)
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar/handle/123456789/89905
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