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Title: Obesity in Saudi children: a dangerous reality
Authors: Al Dossary, S.S.
Sarkis, P.E.
Hassan, A.
Ezz El Regal, M.
Fouda, A.E.
Keywords: Prevalence
Cross-Sectional Studies
Body Mass Index
Life Style
Issue Date: 2010
Relation: EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 16 (9), 1003-1008, 2010
Language: English
Abstract: Obesity among children is an increasing concern. This cross-sectional study in 2006 determined the prevalence and demographic characteristics of overweight and obesity in children in the Eastern province of Saudi Arabia. A total of 7056 children [aged 2-18 years] were selected from schools and the outpatient department of a hospital. The overall prevalence of overweight was 19.0% and of obesity was 23.3%. More than 50% of children between 14 and 18 years had weight above the 85th percentile. More males than females were obese by ages 14-18 years [35.6% versus 19.2%]. Saudi and non-Saudi nationalities had the same distribution of body mass index. Interventions to encourage healthier lifestyles for children are needed at the national level
Description: 1003-1008
Subject: Obesity
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117995
ISSN: 1020-3397
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