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Obesity and Mental Health among University Students in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Abdul Wahab Pathath

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia Google Scholar More about the auther

, Dr. Mohammad Ayoob Lone

Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia Google Scholar More about the auther

, Mr. Abdulaziz Adel Abdulhadi Al Qurini

Research Student, College of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al Ahsa, Saudi Arabia Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.063/20170501

DOI: 10.25215/0501.063

ABSTRACT

Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health. People are generally considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person’s weight by the square of the person’s height, is over 30 kg/m2, with the range 25–30 kg/m2 defined as overweight. Obesity increases the risk of many physical and mental conditions. During the last few decades, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) experienced rapid socio-cultural changes caused by the accelerating economy in the Arabian Gulf region. That was associated with major changes in the food choices and eating habits, which, progressively, became more and more “Westernized”. Such “a nutritional transition” has been claimed for the rising rates of overweight and obesity, which were recently observed among Saudi population. Therefore, the objective of the current work was to identify the effect of obesity on mental health among university students in Saudi Arabia.

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Dr. Abdul Wahab Pathath @ wahabpathath@gmail.com

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ISSN 2349-3429

DIP: 18.01.063/20170501

DOI: 10.25215/0501.063

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Published in   Volume 05, Issue 1, October-December, 2017

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