Anthropometric and lifestyle characteristics of active and inactive Saudi and British adolescents

Michael J. Duncan, H.M. Al-hazzaa, Y. Al-Nakeeb, H.I. Al-Sobayel, N.A. Abahussain, A.O. Musaiger, M. Lyons, P. Collins, A. Nevill

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    Objectives: To compare the anthropometric and lifestyle characteristics of active and inactive adolescents in Saudi Arabia and Britain. Methods: A school-based cross-sectional study was conducted at four cities in Saudi Arabia (Riyadh and Al-Khobar; N=1,648) and Britain (Birmingham and Coventry; N=1,158). The participants (14- to 18-year-olds) were randomly selected using a multistage stratified cluster sampling. Measurements included anthropometric [BMI, Waist circumference (WC), Waist to height ratio], screen time, validated physical activity questionnaire and dietary habits. Results: British males were lighter (P=0.04, 64.4 vs. 68.2 kg), and had lower values for WC (P=0.003, 77.1 vs. 78.7 cm) than Saudi males. Males (P=0.0001) were significantly more active than females but the difference between inactive Saudi and British females was greater than that between inactive Saudi and British males. Being female was significantly (P
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)635-642
    JournalAmerican Journal of Human Biology
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: American Journal of Human Biology, 26 (5), pp. 635-642, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving (


    • anthropometric
    • lifestyle characteristics
    • adolescents
    • young people
    • physical activity
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Britain
    • UK


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