Prevalence of overwieght and obesity in diabetic and non-diabetic Saudis
AbstractA total of 14 660 individuals were included in the study. A fasting blood sample and 2-hour post-glucose load blood sample from each participant were analysed for blood sugar. Participants were classified as diabetic or non-diabetic and as either obese [BMI > 30 kg/m2], overweight [BMI 25-29.9 kg/m2] or normal [BMI < 25 kg/m2]. The prevalence of obesity was calculated in the total sample and separately for diabetic and non-diabetic males and females. The results showed obesity and overweight in 13.05% and 27.23% of males and 20.26% and 25.20% of females respectively. The prevalence of both obesity and overweight were significantly higher among diabetics than non-diabetics. In each province, diabetics had a significantly higher prevalence of obesity than non-diabetics. Several interprovincial variations were seen. Public education on obesity and overweight and ways to decrease them are recommended in Saudi Arabia
El Hazmi, M.A.F. & Warsy, A.S. (2000). Prevalence of overwieght and obesity in diabetic and non-diabetic Saudis. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118865
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 6 (2-3), 276-282, 2000
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