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International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2010, Article ID 459261, 6 pages
Clinical Study

Factors Associated with Overweight and Obesity among Kuwaiti Elementary Male School Children Aged 6–10 Years

1Department of Community Medicine and Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kuwait, 24923 Safat 13110, Kuwait
2School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z3
3Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, and Centre for Community Child Health Research, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3V4

Received 24 June 2010; Accepted 17 August 2010

Academic Editor: Thomas C. Hulsey

Copyright © 2010 Abdulwahab Naser Al-Isa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Childhood obesity is becoming a global epidemic which may result in increased morbidity and mortality during young adulthood. Objectives. To identify factors associated with overweight and that of obesity among Kuwaiti elementary male school children aged 6–10 years. Methods. Weights and heights of 662 students at a randomly selected school were collected to obtain body mass index (BMI). Results. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among the students were 20.2% and 16.8%, respectively. There were a variety of factors associated with overweight and obesity; however, having one or more obese brother, an unemployed father, or a high (>11) number of persons living at home was significantly associated with higher risk of overweight and obesity. Increased age and school level as well as having a chronic disease were associated with the risk of overweight. Conclusion. Health education programs for families should be implemented to help control overweight and obesity in Kuwaiti children.