Hamrani, A and Mehdad, S and El Kari, K and El Hamdouchi, A and El Menchawy, I and Belghiti, H and El Mzibri, M and Musaiger, AO and Al-Hazzaa, HM and Hills, AP and Mokhtar, N and Aquenaou, H, Physical activity and dietary habits among Moroccan adolescents, Public Health Nutrition, 18, (10) pp. 1793-800. ISSN 1368-9800 (2015) [Refereed Article]
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to detail the lifestyle (physical activity and dietary habits) of Moroccan adolescents.
DESIGN: Cross-sectional study undertaken in the framework of the ATLS (Arab Teens Lifestyle Study).
SETTING: Physical activity and dietary habits were determined using a validated questionnaire in public secondary schools.
SUBJECTS: A total of 669 adolescents aged 15.0-19.9 years were randomly recruited from Kenitra, Morocco.
RESULTS: Physical activity patterns and intensity differed between genders. As anticipated, male adolescents were more active than female adolescents across a typical week and engaged in more vigorous-intensity physical activity than female adolescents, who spent more time than male adolescents in moderate-intensity physical activity. Of particular concern was that one in five of the adolescents surveyed was inactive, with almost 45% of the sample reporting television viewing for more than 2 h/d and 38% engaged in computer use for a similar period. From a dietary perspective, most adolescents reported that they do not take breakfast or consume milk and dairy products, fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. In contrast, most reported consumption of doughnuts, cakes, candy and chocolate more than three times per week and approximately 50% consumed sugary drinks more than three times per week.
CONCLUSIONS: Based on a continuation of the self-reported lifestyle behaviours, adolescents in the present study are at risk of developing chronic diseases. Education programmes are urgently needed to assist in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle and reduce the likelihood of overweight and obesity and related health risks among young people.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Dietary habits; Health promotion; Lifestyle; Moroccan adolescents; Physical activity|
|Research Division:||Biomedical and Clinical Sciences|
|Research Group:||Nutrition and dietetics|
|Research Field:||Nutrition and dietetics not elsewhere classified|
|Objective Group:||Public health (excl. specific population health)|
|UTAS Author:||Hills, AP (Professor Andrew Hills)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||13|
|Deposited By:||Health Sciences|
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