Obesity among female university students in the United Arab Emirates

  • Amine E
  • Samy M
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The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of obesity among female students from the United Arab Emirates University. A sample of 566 students was taken. Body weight and height were measured. The stu- dents were interviewed to collect data on age, home Emirate, obesity in childhood, obesi- ty among parents, food intake between meals, the consumption of fast foods and physical activity. A student was considered overweight when the body weight was 110-120% of the reference weight of height and was considered obese when the body weight exceeds 120 % of the reference value. The results show that 10.8% of the students were overweight and 30.6% were obese. While the prevalence of obesity increased with age, obesity among stu- dents was associated with obesity during childhood, the presence of obesity among one or both parents, food intake between meals and in particular fast foods. Limited physical exer- cise and long afternoon napping were important contributors to the development of obesi- ty.

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  • Ezzat K Amine

  • Mohammed Samy

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