Youth Voice Journal (YVJ™) is the world's leading peer-reviewed journal publishing theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people and youth work. YVJ™ is published by RJ4All Publications and is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO and ERIH PLUS.

Niyi Awofeso, Zahour Al Haj Rabih, Fatima Al Odaini, Amina Abdulrazzaq, Maram Youssef, Mohammed Guleid, Abdul Rahman Al-Maflehi, and Moyosola Bamidele (2018) Findings from 2017 anthropometry and nutrition survey of youths (18-35 years) resident in UAE


Background: In the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2015, 13.5% of children aged 5 – 17 years were determined to be obese.  Anthropometric tools, combined with the dietary and related questionnaire data, provide credible information on trends in overweight and obesity among populations.

Objectives: The authors sought to ascertain the accuracy and validity of self-reported weight, height, waist and hip circumference values by comparing self-reports with actual measurements of these four important anthropometric measures and their correlation and variation with age, gender, nationality among youth participants resident in UAE.  The study also aimed to ascertain participants’ knowledge about the calorie contents of macronutrients as well as fizzy drinks.

Methods: A network-based sampling approach was adopted for this study, with Individuals aged between 18 to 35 years who were resident in the UAE between July and December 2017 enrolled.   A semi-structured questionnaire was designed to collect face-to-face quantitative anthropometric and nutrition data from participants.

Results:  Findings revealed high correlation between self-reported and measured weights and heights.  Almost 16% of study participants were obese and about 25% were overweight.  The level of nutrition literacy was assessed to be poor.

Conclusion: Greater nutritional awareness may facilitate improvements in obesity prevention among youth in UAE.

Keywords: Anthropometry, UAE youth, Nutrition literacy, Self-assessed weight and height, BMI.



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Youth Voice Journal is an international, multidisciplinary, refereed journal that publishes theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people. In particular, the Journal aims to: - provide a medium, especially for young researchers and young academics, to inform debates around social policy through high quality research; - provide a platform for the intellectual exchange of ideas around the globe with the aim of influencing policies and practices; - actively encourage and aide those young people whose voice is rarely heard by policy makers to contribute to the journal. Youth Voice Journal is published by RJ4All Publications and edited by Dr. Theo Gavrielides.

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