Obesity and related behaviors among adolescent school boys in Abha City, Southwestern Saudi Arabia

J Trop Pediatr. 2008 Apr;54(2):120-4. doi: 10.1093/tropej/fmm089. Epub 2007 Nov 25.


Using stratified sampling technique 2696 adolescent school boys (aged 11-19 years) in Abha City, Southwestern Saudi Arabia were interviewed and examined for weight and height using standardized techniques. The overall prevalence of obesity and overweight in the present study amounted to 16%. Using logistic regression analysis, lack of exercise practice in the previous week in general [aOR = 1.352, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.066-1.941] or in the class (aOR = 1.446, 95% CI = 1.083-1.931) were significantly associated with obesity. The present study showed that obesity among adolescent school boys in Abha City is a public health problem. There is a need for a national program in the country to prevent and control obesity among adolescents. The program should incorporate: dietary management of obesity, promotion of physical activity, health education campaigns and consideration of the possibility of providing facilities for practicing physical activity and exercise in the community.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Epidemiologic Methods*
  • Feeding Behavior
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Obesity / epidemiology*
  • Obesity / etiology
  • Obesity / prevention & control
  • Overweight / epidemiology*
  • Overweight / etiology
  • Overweight / psychology
  • Prevalence
  • Public Health / trends
  • Risk Factors
  • Saudi Arabia / epidemiology
  • Social Class
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data