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

Authors:

Nida Ahmed ,

Newham University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom, GB
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Sabahat Ahmed,

GKT School of Medical Education, King's College London, London, United Kingdom, GB
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BSc
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Zartasht Carmichael,

School of Medical Sciences, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom, GB
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Amtul Salam Sami

ENT and Allergy Department, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Foundation Trust, London, United Kingdom, GB
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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.
How to Cite: Ahmed, N. et al. , (2017). Measuring Healthy Lifestyle and Mental Health Indicators in South Asian Women Using the “Your Health: Quality of Life and Well-Being” Questionnaire . Annals of Global Health . 83 ( 3-4 ) , pp . 463–470 . DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.aogh.2017.09.007
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Published on 22 Nov 2017.
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