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Title: Obesity in the United Arab Emirates
Author: Al-Suwaidi, Khulood Eid Khalfan
ISNI:       0000 0001 3409 1279
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2005
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The results of this study show that over two thirds of the population was either obese or overweight.  The analysis also proved that most of the population (65%) was at risk and out of that 44% had a substantially increased risk of metabolic complications.  Compared to earlier UAE reports the rates confirm that the problem is increasing in the UAE over time, and therefore constitutes a major public health problem in the UAE.  Except for educational level the results show a statistically significant positive relationship between prevalence of obesity and most socio-demographic characteristics such as age, monthly income, marital status, and number of children, especially among women.  Half of females were found to fall in the substantially increased risk group (49%) compared to males (35%) and at higher risk of co-morbidity associated with obesity.  The results were similar to those reported elsewhere in the Arabian Gulf region, but were paradoxical to Europe where the rates were higher among males.  A positive association between childhood obesity and obesity in later life and a highly statistically significant association between a history of parental obesity and the obese group were revealed.  The results also show that of the total surveyed population 28% complained of back pain, followed by osteoarthritis (18%), hypertension (15%), type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (15%), hyper-lipidaemia (11%), depression (5%) and heart diseases (3%).  About one half of the total of surveyed adults and, from that about a half of the obese population were incorrect in their perceptions about self-image and body perception.  In contrast, the correct answers were higher among the normal group (48%) compared to the obese (19%).  Only 47% of the total population were absolutely correct about the real causes of obesity.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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