Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences.
Eating Habits and Lifestyles
among a Sample of Obese Working Egyptian Women
Nayera E. Hassan1, Saneya A. Wahba2,
Sahar A. El-Masry1*, Enas R. Abd Elhamid2, Samia A.W.
Boseila1, Nihad H. Ahmed3, Tarek S. Ibrahim2
1Biological Anthropology Department, National Research Centre,
Dokki, Giza, Egypt; 2Child Health Department, National Research
Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt; 3Nutrition and Food Science
Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Giza, Egypt
BACKGROUND: The fundamental cause of obesity and overweight is an
energy imbalance between calories consumed and calories expended.
AIM: To figure out food habits and different lifestyle pattern among
a sample of Egyptian females working at the National Research Centre.
METHODS: A cross-sectional, descriptive study, including 138
overweight and obese Egyptian females (BMI ≥ 25 Kg/m2); working at the
National Research Centre; was done. A specific questionnaire was used to
gather information regarding lifestyle including dietary habits, physical
activity and sedentary behaviour.
RESULTS: The prevalence of overweight among the studied subjects was
27%, while that of obesity was 38%. Missing and or infrequent intake of
breakfast at home, frequent consumption of snacks, low serving per day of
fruits and vegetables with frequent consumption of sweets, fried food,
eating while watching TV and sedentary behaviour were all predictors of
obesity and overweight among the current sample.
CONCLUSION: The present study identified several lifestyle factors
and improper dietary habits associated with overweight and obesity among
Egyptian females. There is a great need to change these habits to avoid the
increasing risk of obesity. A national plan of action to overcome obesity is
urgently needed to reduce its economic and health burden.
Citation: Hassan NE, Wahba SA, El-Masry SA, Abd
Elhamid ER, Boseila SAW, Ahmed NH, Ibrahim TS. Eating Habits and Lifestyles
among a Sample of Obese Working Egyptian Women. OA Maced J Med Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.3889/oamjms.2015.005.
Key words: Body mass index; obesity; dietary habits; physical
activity; sedentary behavior; working women.
*Correspondence: Dr. Sahar A El-Masry. Biological Anthropology Dept.,
National Research Centre, El-Bohooth Street, Dokki, Giza, Egypt. Mobile:
+201006606640. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 03-Nov-2014; Revised: 06-Dec-2014; Accepted: 07-Dec-2014; Online
Copyright: © 2014 Nayera E. Hassan, Saneya A. Wahba, Sahar A. El-Masry,
Enas R. Abd Elhamid, Samia A.W. Boseila, Nihad H. Ahmed, Tarek S. Ibrahim.
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Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing
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Abd Elhamid ER
- Hassan NE
- Wahba SA
- El-Masry SA
- Abd Elhamid ER
- Boseila SAW
- Ahmed NH
- Ibrahim TS