Background: Obesity is a multifactorial condition influenced by a complex interplay of genetic, environmental, behavioural, and socio-cultural factors. Obesity among HCWs can significantly impact their occupation. It affects their physical health, increasing the risk of chronic conditions and limiting their mobility and energy levels. The study aims to estimate the prevalence of overweight and obesity among resident doctors and to describe the risk factors for obesity among the doctors.
Methodology: This is a cross-sectional study on 511 doctors conducted at Al Basra Center Hospitals, which include 8 Hospitals. For the period from the 1st of February to the 30th of June. All participants were interviewed, and a special questionnaire was used for this study's purpose.
Results: The doctor's ages ranged from 24-45 years. 36.6% were males 63.4% were females, and 16.2% of them were obese. Obesity was found to be associated with increasing age, gender, marital status, the number of children, and smoking status. 18.2% of senior residents were obese. Senior residents, in medical specialities such as medicine and paediatrics are at higher risk of being overweight and obese.
Conclusion: The study reveals that the prevalence of overweight and obesity among the doctors at Al Basra Center Hospitals is on the high, which highlights the importance of promoting a healthy lifestyle, good eating habits, and regular physical activity.