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J R Soc Promot Health. 1998 Jun;118(3):146-50.

Food consumption patterns of adults in the United Arab Emirates.

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  • 1Bahrain Centre for Studies and Research, Manama State of Bahrain.


The objectives of this study were to determine the food consumption patterns of Emirati men and women over 20 years of age and to explore the association of age and sex with food intake. A proportional random sample of 1,122 men and 1,090 women was obtained from all the seven Emirates of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The findings showed a significant difference in food frequency intake between men and women, and also between young (20-49 years) and old (50 years and above) subjects. In general the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables and of milk was low. This is a source of concern as these foods are useful sources of vitamins and minerals. Elderly people were more likely to consume traditional foods such as fish and laban (diluted yoghurt) than young people. Modification of dietary habits should be considered in any nutrition education programme for the public in the UAE.

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