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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 40  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 182-187
Prevalence of obesity among male adolescents in Arar Saudi Arabia: Future risk of cardiovascular disease

1 Department of Pediatric, Northern Borders University, Arar, Egypt
2 Pediatric Department, National Research Centre, Giza, Egypt
3 Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Hala M Koura
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, National Research Center, 3el Sehabah El Kerram Street, El Sefarat, Nasr City, Cairo
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.158864

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Background: Obesity in adolescence is crucial as it represents an important stage in human life. Dietary habits are greatly associated with lifestyle. Many reports suggested direct relationship between adolescent fatness and increased risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) which will be found in young adult population. Aim: Determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity among male adolescents in Arar city, Saudi Arabia (KSA). We estimated the future risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in this age‐group and its possible correlation to different lifestyles and dietary habits. Results: A total of 523 male students with a mean age of 16.7 ± 0.9 years participated in the current study in which 30.4% of those students were obese and 17.2% were overweight. A direct relationship was found between body weight and different dietary and lifestyle habits. The risk of CVD based on waist height ratio (WHtR) was found in 33.5% of participants (30.4% obese, 2.1% overweight and 1% normal weight); moreover, the risk of CVD was strongly related to different dietary and lifestyle habits. Conclusion: Overweight and obesity were high among adolescent male students in Arar, who became susceptible to the risk of CVD. Arar showed the highest rate of obesity all over KSA. Both obesity and risk of CVD were strongly related to bad dietary habits and lifestyle.

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