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Table 5 Obesity Prevalence, Kuwait

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 (n) and age Data collection (Years) Definition of obesity used Prevalence by methods Comments on obesity prevalence estimates
Al-Haifi et al., 2013) [5] 906 (males n = 463, females 443) aged between 14 and 19 years 2009–2010 IOTF, WHO The sample was from Kuwait city, but apparently not representative of Kuwait
CIs given: No
Biases considered: No
WHO method used for age 18–19 years; but data not included.
Prevalence slightly higher in boys than girls
El-Ghaziri et al.,(2011) [27] 499 10–14-years (males n = 317, girls n = 182). 2009 IOTF,WHO, CDC The sample was from Kuwait city but apparently not representative of Kuwait
Biases considered: No
Prevalence differences between the sexes not given
Elkum et al., 2016) [28] 6574 6–18 years (females n = 3973, n = 2601 males) 2012–2013 IOTF,WHO,CDC The sample was from Kuwait city apparently not representative of Kuwait
Biases considered: No
Prevalence not given for the sexes separately.
Musaiger et al., 2016) [22] 706 aged 15–18 years (n = 343 males, n = 363females) 2013–2014 WHO, IOTF The sample was from Kuwait city, apparently not representative of Kuwait
CIs given: No
Biases considered: No
Prevalence higher in boys than girls
Musaiger et al., 2012) [19] 4698 age 15 to 18 years (n = 2240 males, n = 2458 females). 2010–2011 IOTF, CDC The sample was apparently representative of Kuwait city, but not representative of Kuwait
CIs given: Yes
Biases considered: No
Prevalence higher in boys than girls.
Alrashidi et al 2015 [26] 960 11-14 years females(n = 480) and males (n = 480 February–June 2013 WHO The sample was from Kuwait city, apparently not representative of Kuwait
CIs given: No
Biases considered: No
Al-Awadhi et al 2013 [2] 1273 females, age 15–19 years 2010 CDC 18.3% (95% CI: 16.2–20.6%) The sample was apparently representative of Kuwait, CIs given: Yes
Biases considered: No
The Kuwait Nutrition Surveillance system:2016 Annual report,Ministry of Health [29] 12,396, age 5-17 years. (n = 6251 males and n = 6145 females) 2016 WHO Overall prevalence of obesity was 25.9%
The sample was representative of Kuwait
CIs given: No
Biases considered: No
Prevalence not given for the sexes separately.
  1. Footnotes: There were no eligible published data or grey literature for 3 of the GCC countries: Bahrain, Oman and Qatar
  2. Where authors acknowledged biases in prevalence estimation with BMI this has been noted. Where authors reported CIs for their prevalence estimates these have been provided in the Tables. CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, BMI Body mass index, IOTF International Obesity Task Force, WHO World Health Organisation, KSA Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, UAE United Arab Emirates