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Adolescent obesity in Lebanese private schools


  1. Faculty of Medicine, University of Balamand, Lebanon
  2. Faculty of Public Health, Lebanese University, Lebanon

Original language English


Obesity has become a public health problem worldwide. Our objective was to calculate the prevalence of overweight and obesity.

It is a cross sectional study of adolescents in private Lebanese schools, aged 10–18 years. Gender, birth date and measures of weight and height were recorded.

In 12 299 adolescents, we found high prevalence of obesity (7.5%) and at risk of obesity (24.4%). In girls, risk of obesity and obesity prevalence decreases with increasing age (P < 10−4) as compared with that in boys.

Early recognition of obesity should become routine in pediatric ambulatory care settings.

Link http://eurpub.oxfordjournals.org/content/16/6/648.long


Publish date 29/01/2014 10:14
Last updated 09/11/2015 11:40