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Table 3 Obesity Prevalence, UAE

From: Prevalence of obesity among school-age children and adolescents in the Gulf cooperation council (GCC) states: a systematic review

Author and Year Sample Size and age (n) Data Collection (Years) Definition of Obesity Used Obesity Prevalence (%) by Definition Comments on Obesity Prevalence Estimates
Al Blooshi et al., 2016) [18] 44,942 (Males and females) age 3–18 years 2013–2015 International Obesity Task Force (IOTF), World Health Organization 2007 (WHO), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Prevalence estimates for the nationals only
The sample was apparently not representative of the UAE.
This study was conducted in two phases; the first phase was in 2013–2014(n = 15,532) age 4–12 years.
CIs given for prevalence estimates: No
Biases considered: No
The second phase was in 2014–2015 (n = 29,410) n = 27,078 nationals and 2332 non-nationals age 3–18 years .
Prevalence higher in boys than girls and generally higher in older than younger individuals
Musaiger et al., 2012) [19] 605 adolescents aged from 15 to 18 years (n = 262 males, 243 females) 2010–2011 IOTF and CDC The sample was apparently not representative of the UAE.
Biases considered: No
CIs given for prevalence estimates: No
Prevalence higher in boys than girls
Al Junaibi et al 2013 [20] 1541, aged 6–19 years (n = 1770 males, n = 770 females) January–December 2011 IOTF and CDC The sample was representative of Abu Dhabi but not the entire UAE.
CIs given for prevalence estimates: No
Biases considered: No
The authors used IOTF to define obesity prevalence but data using IOTF not shown.
Prevalence higher in older individuals and slightly higher in boys than girls