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AuthorAlrodhan, Yousif
AuthorAlabdeen, Yousef
AuthorSaleh, Eisa
AuthorAlfodari, Naser
AuthorAlsaqer, Hamad
AuthorAlhumoud, Farah
AuthorThalib, Lukman
Available date2020-05-14T09:55:43Z
Publication Date2019
Publication NameEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
ISSN10203397
URIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.26719/emhj.18.060
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10576/14816
AbstractBackground: Childhood obesity is on the increase in the Middle East. Aims: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of obesity in those aged six to eight years and to investigate maternal perception of child weight. Methods: A nation-wide study of data on height and weight were obtained from nurses’ records, and maternal perceptions were assessed through a self-administered questionnaire. Sample size comprised 2208 individuals with BMI measurements and 1002 with BMI and maternal perception data. Results: The prevalence of overweight and obese children combined was 40.9% as per WHO cut-off values and 39.7% as per Centres for Disease Control and Prevention categorizations. We also found that 77.9% of overweight and 45.4% of obese children were perceived by their mothers to have healthy body weights. Additionally, 39.8% of children with normal weight were also judged by their mothers to be underweight. Conclusions: An alarmingly high prevalence of childhood obesity among Kuwaiti children, coupled with mothers distorted perception of their child’s actual weight status is a serious concern that requires urgent public health intervention.
SponsorThis study was conducted according to the guidelines laid down in the Declaration of Helsinki and all procedures involving human subjects were approved by the Faculty of Medicine Ethics Committee in Kuwait University and the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health of Kuwait. Written informed consent was obtained from all subjects.
Languageen
PublisherWorld Health Organization
SubjectBody image
SubjectChildren
SubjectKuwait
SubjectMaternal perception
SubjectObesity
TitleObesity and maternal perception: a cross-sectional study of children aged 6 to 8 years in Kuwait
TypeArticle
Pagination465-447
Issue Number7
Volume Number25


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