The Prevalence of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviours Relative to Obesity among Adolescents from Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: Rural versus Urban Variations

Michael J. Duncan, A. Al-Nuaim, Y. Al-Nakeeb, M. Lyons, H. Al-Hazzaa, A.M. Nevill, P. Collins

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    Purpose. The aims of this study were to explore the lifestyle of young people living in Al-Ahsa Governorate; to investigate differences due to gender, age, school type, and geographical location. Methods. 1270 volunteered youth (15–19 years) completed a self-report questionnaire that contained 47 items relating to patterns of physical activity (PA), sedentary activity, and eating habits. The questionnaire allows the calculation of total energy expenditure in metabolic equivalent (MET-min) values per week. Results. Significant differences in the PA levels of youth were evident with regard to gender, geographical areas, and type of school. Also, normal weight males reported the highest levels of PA compared to overweight and obese. Conclusions. Youth living in rural desert were less physically active than those living in urban or rural farm environments. Youth of “normal” weight were more active than obese. Males were more active than females and PA levels appeared to decline with age.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Nutrition and Metabolism
    Volume2012
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    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Pediatric Obesity
    physical activity
    obesity
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    questionnaires
    Metabolic Equivalent
    Weights and Measures
    gender
    Geographical Locations
    Feeding Behavior
    eating habits
    energy expenditure
    Self Report
    Energy Metabolism
    lifestyle
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    Surveys and Questionnaires

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    Keywords

    • Saudi Arabia
    • adolescents
    • obesity
    • sedentary behaviour

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    The Prevalence of Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviours Relative to Obesity among Adolescents from Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia: Rural versus Urban Variations. / Duncan, Michael J.; Al-Nuaim, A.; Al-Nakeeb, Y.; Lyons, M.; Al-Hazzaa, H.; Nevill, A.M.; Collins, P.

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