Prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents in Irbid governorate, Jordan
AbstractOverweight and obesity is an escalating health problem in both developed and developing countries. This descriptive cross-sectional study aimed to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents aged 13-16 years in Irbid governorate, Jordan, and to compare the prevalence by sex, residential area and socioeconomic status. In a cluster random sample of 1355 school students the prevalence of overweight and obesity [body mass index >/= 85th percentile] was 24.4% [15.7% overweight and 8.7% obese] and was significantly higher among female students, students who lived in urban areas and those with working parents. This high prevalence of overweight is a serious concern for public health in Jordan
Abu Baker, N.N. & Daradkeh, S.M. (2010). Prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents in Irbid governorate, Jordan. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117935
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (6), 657-662, 2010
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