Lifestyle Habits in Relation to Overweight and Obesity among Saudi Women Attending Health Science Colleges
- 10.2991/j.jegh.2018.09.100How to use a DOI?
- Dietary habits; obesity; physical activity; Saudi females; sedentary behaviors
The study examined the associations between lifestyle habits and overweight/obesity among Saudi females attending health science colleges. A total of 454 female students were randomly recruited from five health science colleges at King Saud University, using a multistage stratified cluster sampling technique. Body weight and height were measured, and body mass index was calculated. All participants answered a validated questionnaire to assess physical activity (PA), sedentary behaviors (SB), sleep duration, and dietary habits. Results showed that the prevalence of overweight (21.4%) plus obesity (8.1%) among female participants was 29.5%. There was no significant difference between overweight/obese and nonoverweight/nonobese females in PA, screen time, sleep duration, or dietary habits. Overall, 50.4% of the participants were physically inactive (activity energy expenditure was <600 metabolic equivalent minutes per week). Active females showed significantly (p < 0.01) higher intakes of vegetables and fruits, lower chocolate/candy consumption (p = 0.05), and higher proportion of sufficient sleeping duration (>8 hours per night) (p < 0.001). It was concluded that half of the Saudi females in this study were physically inactive. Although PA positively impacted some of the lifestyle habits of college females, overweight/obesity was not associated with PA, SB, sleeping time, or dietary habits among the participants. Future research should attempt to elucidate the key factors involved in such relationship.
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TY - JOUR AU - Manan A. Alhakbany AU - Hana A. Alzamil AU - Wajude A. Alabdullatif AU - Shahad N. Aldekhyyel AU - Munirah N. Alsuhaibani AU - Hazzaa M. Al-Hazzaa PY - 2018 DA - 2018/12/31 TI - Lifestyle Habits in Relation to Overweight and Obesity among Saudi Women Attending Health Science Colleges JO - Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health SP - 13 EP - 19 VL - 8 IS - 1-2 SN - 2210-6014 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/j.jegh.2018.09.100 DO - 10.2991/j.jegh.2018.09.100 ID - Alhakbany2018 ER -