Prevalence of Obesity and its Association with Diet among 13-years Old Omani School Children

Halima Nasser Hareth Al-Dhali* 
Department of Physiology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

*Corresponding Author: Halima Al-Dhali:[email protected]

Background: There is a need for plans that contribute to healthy eating among school children. The promotion of healthy lifestyles should be a national public health priority. There is an urgent need for national policy promoting active living and healthy eating while reducing sedentary behaviors among Omani adolescents. Objective: In this study we aimed to determine the prevalence of obesity among Omani school children aged 13 years and to evaluate the association between obesity and diet among this age group. Subjects and Methods: The present study reported on the prevalence of obesity among Omani adolescents aged 13 years from public schools. A cross sectional study was conducted and included healthy participant and were interviewed using the study questionnaire. Results: The findings of this study provide evidence that unhealthy dietary habits were appear to be associated with obesity in this group of Omani adolescents. Conclusion: Future research needs to address the determinants of sedentary behaviors, physical activity and inactivity, and unhealthy dietary habits. Future interventions should be adopted for decreasing the rate of obesity, a common risk factor for non-communicable disease.

Keywords: Obesity, Dietary Habits,  Oman

Citation: Al-Dhali HNH. Prevalence of obesity and its association with diet among 13-years old Omani school children . Canad J Clin Nutr 2016; 4 (1): 33-40.