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IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 358-364

Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia

Authors: Ahmed Khalid Alghutayghit, Abdulsalam Muteb Alanazi, Hany Abdelfatah Elhady, Saleh Ahmed Alzaid, Ghalib Mohammed Alsulami, Anas Mohammed Alomair, Khalid Sultan Alwasem, Thamer Abdullah Alanazy, Omar Ibrahim Madhi Almadhi, Rayan Riyadh Abdullah Aldandani.

ABSTRACT

Background: Obesity by far is a new millennial dilemma and a noticeable gap lies within the literature about the extents of knowledge of bariatric surgeries among the general population and more in particular, in obese individuals regardless of candidacy of bariatric surgery. This study aimed to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, and practice toward obesity and bariatric surgeries. Methodology: This was a cross-sectional study conducted on 390 adult Saudi population during April to September 2019 in Aljouf region, through a web-based version of the questionnaire. A convenience sampling technique was used. Results: Out of total 390 participants, 43 participants (11%) reported that they had a previous bariatric surgery, and almost 350 (89.7%) were aware that being overweight or obese could cause significant medical problems. A total of 303 (77.7%) stated that there was a difference between obesity and morbid obesity. Most of participants (72.1%) selected sleeve gastrectomy as the single most effective method. Around half of the participants (50.3%) thought that the bariatric surgery was a medical procedure and 135 (34.6%) thought it was a cosmetic procedure. Significant correlations (p < 0.005) were found between education level and the following variables: awareness of medical problems that are caused by obesity (−0.164, p < 0.001), awareness of the role of bariatric surgery in weight reduction (−0.104, p < 0.039), and awareness of the difference between obesity and morbid obesity. Conclusion: There are still misconceptions among the public towards bariatric surgeries. Tremendous efforts should be taken to improve the patient-doctor discussion, which may lead to better discussions and outcomes.

Keywords:
Obesity, bariatric surgery, gastric sleeve, bypass surgery


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Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia


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Ahmed Khalid Alghutayghit
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Abdulsalam Muteb Alanazi
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Hany Abdelfatah Elhady
Assistance Professor, Surgical Department, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Saleh Ahmed Alzaid
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Ghalib Mohammed Alsulami
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Anas Mohammed Alomair
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Khalid Sultan Alwasem
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Thamer Abdullah Alanazy
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Omar Ibrahim Madhi Almadhi
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Rayan Riyadh Abdullah Aldandani
Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia
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Correspondence to:
. Thamer Abdullah Alanazy, Medical Student, Jouf University, Skaka, Saudi Arabia.; Thamir 1111@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 05 Dec 2019
Accepted 24 Dec 2019
Published online 10 Jan 2020

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Alghutayghit AK, Alanazi AM, Elhady HA, Alzaid SA, Alsulami GM, Alomair AM, Alwasem KS, Alanazy TA, Almadhi OIM, Aldandani RRA. Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 358-364. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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Alghutayghit AK, Alanazi AM, Elhady HA, Alzaid SA, Alsulami GM, Alomair AM, Alwasem KS, Alanazy TA, Almadhi OIM, Aldandani RRA. Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=76641 [Access: February 18, 2020]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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Alghutayghit AK, Alanazi AM, Elhady HA, Alzaid SA, Alsulami GM, Alomair AM, Alwasem KS, Alanazy TA, Almadhi OIM, Aldandani RRA. Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2020; 4(2): 358-364. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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Alghutayghit AK, Alanazi AM, Elhady HA, Alzaid SA, Alsulami GM, Alomair AM, Alwasem KS, Alanazy TA, Almadhi OIM, Aldandani RRA. Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2020), [cited February 18, 2020]; 4(2): 358-364. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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Alghutayghit, A. K., Alanazi, . A. M., Elhady, . H. A., Alzaid, . S. A., Alsulami, . G. M., Alomair, . A. M., Alwasem, . K. S., Alanazy, . T. A., Almadhi, . O. I. M. & Aldandani, . R. R. A. (2020) Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 4 (2), 358-364. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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Alghutayghit, Ahmed Khalid, Abdulsalam Muteb Alanazi, Hany Abdelfatah Elhady, Saleh Ahmed Alzaid, Ghalib Mohammed Alsulami, Anas Mohammed Alomair, Khalid Sultan Alwasem, Thamer Abdullah Alanazy, Omar Ibrahim Madhi Almadhi, and Rayan Riyadh Abdullah Aldandani. 2020. Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (2), 358-364. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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Alghutayghit, Ahmed Khalid, Abdulsalam Muteb Alanazi, Hany Abdelfatah Elhady, Saleh Ahmed Alzaid, Ghalib Mohammed Alsulami, Anas Mohammed Alomair, Khalid Sultan Alwasem, Thamer Abdullah Alanazy, Omar Ibrahim Madhi Almadhi, and Rayan Riyadh Abdullah Aldandani. "Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4 (2020), 358-364. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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Alghutayghit, Ahmed Khalid, Abdulsalam Muteb Alanazi, Hany Abdelfatah Elhady, Saleh Ahmed Alzaid, Ghalib Mohammed Alsulami, Anas Mohammed Alomair, Khalid Sultan Alwasem, Thamer Abdullah Alanazy, Omar Ibrahim Madhi Almadhi, and Rayan Riyadh Abdullah Aldandani. "Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 4.2 (2020), 358-364. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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Alghutayghit, A. K., Alanazi, . A. M., Elhady, . H. A., Alzaid, . S. A., Alsulami, . G. M., Alomair, . A. M., Alwasem, . K. S., Alanazy, . T. A., Almadhi, . O. I. M. & Aldandani, . R. R. A. (2020) Assessment of public perception and attitude regarding obesity and bariatric surgery in Aljouf region, Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 4 (2), 358-364. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1575488568


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