Obesity: an emerging problem in Saudi Arabia. Analysis of data from the National Nutrition Survey

East Mediterr Health J. Mar-Apr 2007;13(2):441-8.

Abstract

To document the prevalence of obesity in Saudi Arabia, we used data from a cross-sectional study on 19,598 individuals in 2837 households. Body mass index, skinfold thickness and mid-arm circumference were measured. Prevalence of obesity ranged from 33.9% in Ha'il to 11.7% in Jizan. More women than men were obese, 23.6% compared to 14.2%. Prevalence of overweight was 30.7% for males and 28.4% for females. Obesity was present in all age groups. It is clear that changes must be made to the lifestyle of the Saudi population in order to reduce the prevalence of obesity.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Aged
  • Anthropometry
  • Arm / anatomy & histology
  • Body Mass Index
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Nutritional Status
  • Obesity / diagnosis*
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Prevalence
  • Public Health
  • Residence Characteristics
  • Risk Factors
  • Saudi Arabia / epidemiology
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sex Distribution
  • Skinfold Thickness