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Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2012;5:205-12. doi: 10.2147/DMSO.S32636. Epub 2012 Jul 6.

Right Diet: a television series to combat obesity among adolescents in Kuwait.

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  • 1Department of Food and Nutrition, College of Health Sciences, Showaikh, Kuwait.



Adolescent obesity is a growing public health problem in Kuwait. Reducing obesity can lower the risk of several chronic diseases. Fourteen obese adolescent boys volunteered to participate in a 6-month multidimensional television series on weight loss.


The adolescent boys were recruited through advertisements in schools. The program included counseling sessions, nutritional education, exercise, family support, peer group involvement, and incentives designed to motivate participants.


The mean age of the boys was 15.6 ± 0.8 years. On average, subjects lost 10.6 ± 8.9 kg in weight and gained 3.3 ± 1.6 cm in height during the study period. The difference in mean body mass index at baseline and at 6 months following intervention was significant (P < 0.001) at 36.8 ± 4.6 and 32.0 ± 5.4, kg/m(2) respectively. Participants ranked counseling as the most important component of the program, followed by family support and type of program.


This type of television series could be used as a model for future public health programs to prevent and control obesity among adolescents.


adolescents; diet; obesity; television

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