[Food intake, and anthropometrical and biological parameters in adult Tunisians during fasting at Ramadan]

East Mediterr Health J. Jul-Sep 2002;8(4-5):603-11.
[Article in French]


We evaluated the effects of fasting during Ramadan on nutritional intake and plasma lipoproteins in 20 healthy adults of normal weight. A 5-day food questionnaire was completed for every participant. Clinical investigations, anthropometrical measurements and laboratory analysis were also undertaken. Body weight, blood pressure and blood glucose were not influenced by fasting but there were non-significant modifications in the plasma lipid fractions. The total cholesterol remained unchanged. Total daily energy intake was comparable before, during and after Ramadan despite the decrease in meal frequency during fasting. Thus fasting in Ramadan did not affect dietary intake, clinical, anthropometrical and most biological parameters.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Anthropometry
  • Blood Glucose / metabolism
  • Blood Pressure
  • Body Weight
  • Cholesterol, HDL / blood*
  • Cholesterol, LDL / blood*
  • Energy Intake / physiology*
  • Fasting* / adverse effects
  • Fasting* / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Islam*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Nutritional Status*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Tunisia


  • Blood Glucose
  • Cholesterol, HDL
  • Cholesterol, LDL