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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.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

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.

METHODS:

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.

RESULTS:

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.

CONCLUSION:

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

KEYWORDS:

adolescents; diet; obesity; television

PMID:
22826638
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PMCID:
PMC3402008
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