|Title:||Obesity in Saudi children: a dangerous reality|
|Authors:||Al Dossary, S.S.|
Ezz El Regal, M.
|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|
Body Mass Index
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