Physical activity and sedentary behaviors as risk factors of obesity among rural adolescents

Nasser Alqahtani, Jane A. Scott, Shahid Ullah

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Objective: The aim of this study is to explore relationship between Physical activity and sedentary behavior (screen time) and obesity among adolescents in rural areas. Methodology: Cross-sectional study was conducted in 2011 using a multistage randomization method. It surveyed 370 from rural areas of Riyadh region in Saudi Arabia. Results: This study found a strong association between the moderate to vigorous METs and overweight and obesity among male participants (p<0.001). Prolonged screen time has strong association with overweight in males (p=0.01) and females (p<0.001). Similar association found between screen time and obesity in males and females (p<0.001). Conclusion: low physical activity and prolonged screen time are the main predictors for overweight or obesity or both of them in rural adolescents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Behaviour
Issue number185
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 5 Feb 2015

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