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Prevalence of overweight and obesity among Bahraini adolescents: a comparison between three different sets of criteria.
Eur J Clin Nutr. 2003 Mar; 57(3):471-4.EJ

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Bahraini adolescents using three different sets of criteria/standards.

DESIGN

Cross-sectional prevalence study.

SETTING

Intermediate and secondary schools in Bahrain.

SUBJECTS

The study included a population-representative sample of 506 Bahraini students (249 males and 257 females) between 12 and 17 y of age. The sample was selected using multistage stratified random sampling technique.

MEASUREMENT

Anthropometric measurements including weight, height and triceps and subscapular skinfolds were taken on the adolescents. Age was verified against school records. To minimize inter-observer error, weight and height were taken by one person while skinfold was taken by two trained persons (one for each sex).

RESULTS

The overall prevalence of obesity among Bahraini boys and girls was high, especially in girls. Obesity was highest (21% in males and 35% in females) when the WHO recommended criteria of BMI for age and skinfolds for age percentiles were applied and lowest (15% in boys and 18% in girls) when the age and sex specific BMI cut-off values of Cole et al were used. Compared with those of WHO criteria, estimates of overweight and obesity prevalence obtained with Must et al and Cole et al were generally close.

CONCLUSIONS

Our data revealed a much higher prevalence rate of obesity in the Bahraini adolescent population than was previously reported, especially among girls. The BMI reference values of Must et al and that of Cole et al gave relatively similar estimates and appear to be more practical for use in surveys aimed at estimating the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents than the WHO recommended composite criteria.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Food and Nutrition Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome, Italy.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

12627185

Citation

Al-Sendi, A M., et al. "Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Bahraini Adolescents: a Comparison Between Three Different Sets of Criteria." European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 57, no. 3, 2003, pp. 471-4.
Al-Sendi AM, Shetty P, Musaiger AO. Prevalence of overweight and obesity among Bahraini adolescents: a comparison between three different sets of criteria. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2003;57(3):471-4.
Al-Sendi, A. M., Shetty, P., & Musaiger, A. O. (2003). Prevalence of overweight and obesity among Bahraini adolescents: a comparison between three different sets of criteria. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 57(3), 471-4.
Al-Sendi AM, Shetty P, Musaiger AO. Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Bahraini Adolescents: a Comparison Between Three Different Sets of Criteria. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2003;57(3):471-4. PubMed PMID: 12627185.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of overweight and obesity among Bahraini adolescents: a comparison between three different sets of criteria. AU - Al-Sendi,A M, AU - Shetty,P, AU - Musaiger,A O, PY - 2001/11/29/received PY - 2002/06/11/revised PY - 2002/06/18/accepted PY - 2003/3/11/pubmed PY - 2003/7/11/medline PY - 2003/3/11/entrez SP - 471 EP - 4 JF - European journal of clinical nutrition JO - Eur J Clin Nutr VL - 57 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Bahraini adolescents using three different sets of criteria/standards. DESIGN: Cross-sectional prevalence study. SETTING: Intermediate and secondary schools in Bahrain. SUBJECTS: The study included a population-representative sample of 506 Bahraini students (249 males and 257 females) between 12 and 17 y of age. The sample was selected using multistage stratified random sampling technique. MEASUREMENT: Anthropometric measurements including weight, height and triceps and subscapular skinfolds were taken on the adolescents. Age was verified against school records. To minimize inter-observer error, weight and height were taken by one person while skinfold was taken by two trained persons (one for each sex). RESULTS: The overall prevalence of obesity among Bahraini boys and girls was high, especially in girls. Obesity was highest (21% in males and 35% in females) when the WHO recommended criteria of BMI for age and skinfolds for age percentiles were applied and lowest (15% in boys and 18% in girls) when the age and sex specific BMI cut-off values of Cole et al were used. Compared with those of WHO criteria, estimates of overweight and obesity prevalence obtained with Must et al and Cole et al were generally close. CONCLUSIONS: Our data revealed a much higher prevalence rate of obesity in the Bahraini adolescent population than was previously reported, especially among girls. The BMI reference values of Must et al and that of Cole et al gave relatively similar estimates and appear to be more practical for use in surveys aimed at estimating the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents than the WHO recommended composite criteria. SN - 0954-3007 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/12627185/Prevalence_of_overweight_and_obesity_among_Bahraini_adolescents:_a_comparison_between_three_different_sets_of_criteria_ L2 - http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.ejcn.1601560 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -