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Assessment of Weight Management Practices among Adults in the United Arab Emirates

Table 3

Significant associations between sociodemographic variables (sex, marital status, and nationality) and weight management practices among UAE adults (Chi-square test).

Weight management practiceTotal 
Males 
Females 
value
(%) (%) (%)

Increasing physical activity
 Yes596 (52.9)269 (57.5)327 (49.7)0.011
 No530 (47.1)199 (42.5)331 (50.3)
Consuming fewer calories
 Yes488 (43.3)179 (38.2)309 (47.0)0.004
 No638 (56.7)289 (61.8)349 (53.0)
Joining gym
 Yes310 (27.5)163 (34.8)147 (22.3)<0.001
 No816 (72.5)305 (65.2)511 (77.7)
Skipping meals
 Yes294 (26.1)106 (22.6)188 (28.6)0.028
 No832 (73.9)362 (77.4)470 (71.4)
Taking natural herbs and teas
 Yes233 (20.7)80 (17.1)153 (23.3)0.014
 No893 (79.3)388 (82.9)505 (76.7)
Visiting a dietitian
 Yes138 (12.3)45 (9.6)93 (14.1)0.027
 No988 (87.7)423 (90.4)565 (85.9)
Joining wellness centre
 Yes105 (9.3)55 (11.8)50 (7.6)0.022
 No1021 (90.7)413 (88.2)608 (92.4)
Counting calories
 Yes70 (6.2)16 (3.4)54 (8.2)0.001
 No1056 (93.8)452 (96.6)604 (91.8)

Weight management practiceTotal 
Single 
Married 
value
(%) (%) (%)

Eating less fat
 Yes575 (51.1)250 (47.3)325 (54.3)0.020
 No551 (48.9)278 (52.7)273 (45.7)
Consuming more calories
 Yes53 (4.7)32 (6.1)21 (3.5)0.049
 No1073 (95.3)496 (93.9)577 (96.5)
Joining gym
 Yes310 (27.5)176 (33.3)134 (22.4)<0.001
 No816 (72.5)352 (66.7)464 (77.6)
Counting calories
 Yes70 (6.2)54 (10.2)16 (2.7)<0.001
 No1056 (93.8)474 (89.8)582 (97.3)
Replacement meals
 Yes76 (6.7)47 (8.9)29 (4.8)0.009
 No1050 (93.3)481 (91.1)569 (95.2)

Weight management practiceTotal 
UAE National 
Non-UAE National 
value
(%) (%) (%)

Visiting a dietitian
 Yes138 (12.3)31 (17.3)107 (11.3)0.034
 No988 (87.7)148 (82.7)840 (88.7)
Counting calories
 Yes70 (6.2)2 (1.1)68 (7.2)0.001
 No1056 (93.8)177 (98.9)879 (92.8)

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