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Title: Obesity: an emerging problem in Saudi Arabia. Analysis of data from the National Nutrition Survey
Authors: Al Othaimeen, A.I.
Al Nozha, M.
Osman, A.K.
Keywords: Health Surveys
Prevalence
Cross-Sectional Studies
Body Mass Index
Life Style
Issue Date: 2007
Relation: EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 13 (2), 441-448, 2007
Language: English
Abstract: To document the prevalence of obesity in Saudi Arabia, we used data from a study on 19 598 individuals in 2837 households. Body mass index, skinfold thickness cross-sectional and mid- arm circumference were measured. Prevalence of obesity ranged from 33.9% in Ha'il to 11.7% in Jizan. More women than men were obese, 23.6% compared to 14.2%. Prevalence of overweight was 30.7% for males and 28.4% for females. Obesity was present in all age groups. It is clear that changes must be made to the lifestyle of the Saudi population in order to reduce the prevalence of obesity
Description: 441-448
Subject: Obesity
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117265
ISSN: 1020-3397
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