Lifestyles in health professionals of a hospital in Chiclayo, Peru 2017

Eddie Giampiere Diaz-Carrion, Virgilio E. Failoc-Rojas

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Abstract

Introduction: About 75% of noncommunicable diseases and 40% of cancers can be prevented if risk factors such as poor lifestyles, physical inactivity and substance abuse are eliminated. Health professionals should make recommendations to patients about healthy lifestyles. Objective: To determine the factors associated with unhealthy lifestyles in health professionals of a hospital in Chiclayo. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in health professionals at the Naylamp-Chiclayo Hospital in 2017. The adapted questionnaire of practices and beliefs about lifestyles was applied; the questionnaire measured sociodemographic variables, nutritional status and healthy practices (physical activity, eating habits, tobacco and alcohol consumption); the answers were classified as healthy and unhealthy. The Chi-square test was used to establish an association between lifestyles and their related factors. Results: Of the respondents, 44.6% were overweight and obese. The predominant lifestyle category was unhealthy lifestyle (58.7%). The predominant categories were: unhealthy eating habits (52.1%), smoking (passive/active) (58.7%). Associations were found between young age, female sex, overweight or obesity, and being a non-medical professional and a smoker with unhealthy lifestyles. Conclusions: Low physical activity, tobacco consumption, and poor diet have been identified in health professionals. It is concluded that health professionals in Chiclayo have unhealthy lifestyles.

Translated title of the contributionLifestyles in health professionals of a hospital in Chiclayo, Peru 2017
Original languageSpanish
Article numbere2876
JournalRevista Habanera de Ciencias Medicas
Volume19
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

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