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Overweight and obesity in Saudi females of childbearing age.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12532165     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
OBJECTIVE: Overweight and obesity are among the most frequently encountered multifactorial disorders in most populations of the world. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity in Saudi females of childbearing age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was approved by the University Scientific Committee. It included a group of 600 randomly recruited healthy females with age ranging from 16-45 y. Four hundred and twenty one were students and 179 were housewives attending outpatient clinics for minor illnesses. Informed consent was obtained. Height and weight were recorded on one occasion. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated. RESULTS: Height, weight and BMI showed normal Gaussian distribution in these females and there was a significant positive correlation between BMI and age of each subject (r=0.505; P</=0.001). Prevalence of leanness, normal weight, overweight, obesity and morbid obesity were calculated in the total group and in different age groups. Significant increase in the prevalence of both overweight and obesity occurred with age. Unmarried and married females were compared and the latter had a higher prevalence of both overweight and obesity compared to the former. This difference persisted after taking into account differences in the age of the two groups. Students and housewives were compared but no differences in the prevalence were observed in the two groups. DISCUSSION: The results of this study show that overweight and obesity are frequently encountered in Saudi females of childbearing age. The prevalence of overweight and obesity was higher amongst a group of married women than among a group of single women. There is an urgent need to spread awareness about obesity, its consequences and ways and means of prevention among the females.
Authors:
J S Al-Malki; M H Al-Jaser; A S Warsy
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0307-0565     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Obes. Relat. Metab. Disord.     Publication Date:  2003 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-01-17     Completed Date:  2003-02-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9313169     Medline TA:  Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  134-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Zoology, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Age Distribution
Body Mass Index
Body Weight / physiology*
Female
Humans
Middle Aged
Obesity / epidemiology*
Prevalence
Regression Analysis
Saudi Arabia / epidemiology

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