The relationship between physical activity and diet, and overweight and obesity, in young people
evidence and practice    

The relationship between physical activity and diet, and overweight and obesity, in young people

Abdul-Monim Batiha Associate professor, Faculty of Nursing, Philadelphia University, Amman, Jordan
Saleh Daradkeh Assistant professor, Al-Ghad International Health Sciences Colleges, Saudi Arabia
Mohammed ALBashtawy Associate professor, Community and Mental Health Department, Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing, AL al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
Sami Aloush Assistant professor, Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing, AL al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
Ahlam Al-Natour Assistant professor of community and mental health nursing, College of Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
Mohammad Al Qadire Associate professor, Princess Salma Faculty of Nursing, AL al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
Intima Alrimawi Assistant professor, Stratford University, Virginia, United States
Moawiah Khatatbeh Assistant professor of public health, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan
Khetam Al-Awamreh Assistant professor, AL al-Bayt University, Mafraq, Jordan
Fadwa Alhalaiqa Assistant professor, Faculty of Nursing, Philadelphia University, Amman, Jordan

Background Childhood obesity has a worldwide association with serious health problems and complications that increase the risk of illness and death.

Aim To identify and assess the factors contributing to overweight and obesity among school students in north Jordan.

Method A descriptive cross-sectional study involving 1,554 students was conducted between October 2014 and February 2015.

Results More than two thirds (70%) of participants were normal weight (5th percentile-<85th percentile), while 12% were overweight and 13% were obese. The prevalence of obesity was high (20%) among those eating snacks three times per day. The prevalence of overweight was high (12%) among those who followed no regular physical activity programme.

Conclusion Collaboration is required between policymakers, healthcare professionals, business and community leaders, schools and local organisations to create suitable environments that support healthy lifestyles for children and young people.

Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1100

Citation

Batiha A-M, Daradkeh S, ALBashtawy M et al (2018) The relationship between physical activity and diet, and overweight and obesity, in young people. Nursing Children and Young People. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.2018.e1100

Peer review

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Correspondence

mohammadbash@aabu.edu.jo

Conflict of interest

None declared

Published online: 04 October 2018

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