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An investigation into the lifestyle, health habits and risk factors of young adults

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dc.contributor.author Al-Nakeeb, Yahya
dc.contributor.author Lyons, Mark
dc.contributor.author Dodd, Lorna J.
dc.contributor.author Al-Nuaim, Anwar
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-24T11:53:18Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-24T11:53:18Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4507
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This project examined the lifestyle, health habits and risk factors of young adults at Qatar University. It explored the clustering and differences in dietary habits, body mass index (BMI) and physical activity (PA) amongst male and female students, both Qatari and non-Qatari. Seven hundred thirty two students aged 18-25 years completed a self-reported questionnaire and an objective measure of BMI. Males and females had a high prevalence of being overweight and obesity and low levels of PA, according to well-established international standards. Three clusters were identified based on the students' lifestyle and dietary habits. Cluster 1 (high risk factors) included those who engaged the least in healthy dietary practices and consumed the most unhealthy foods, participated in less PA and had the highest BMI. Cluster 2 (moderate risk factors) included those with considerably more habits falling into the moderate category, engagement in the most PA, the least TV and computer viewing time and had the lowest BMI. Cluster 3 (low risk factors) included those who engaged the most with the four healthy dietary practices, the least with the four unhealthy dietary practices and participated in moderate PA per week. This project provides valuable data that could be used by policy makers to address issues concerning student's health. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher MDPI en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health;12, pp. 4380-4394
dc.subject physical-activity en_US
dc.subject adolescents en_US
dc.subject population en_US
dc.subject prevalence en_US
dc.subject students en_US
dc.subject behaviors en_US
dc.subject patterns en_US
dc.subject children en_US
dc.subject diet en_US
dc.title An investigation into the lifestyle, health habits and risk factors of young adults en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2015-06-24T11:44:28Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/ijerph120404380
dc.contributor.sponsor Qatar National Research Fund en_US
dc.relation.projectid 14–125–5–030 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1584931
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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