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Title: Activity, inactivity and quality of life among Lebanese adolescents
Authors: Fazah, Abdallah
Jacob, Christophe 
Moussa, Elie 
Hage, Rawad El 
Youssef, Hala
Delamarche, Paul
Affiliations: Department of Physical Education 
Department of Physical Education 
Department of Physical Education 
Issue Date: 2010
Part of: Pediatrics international
Volume: 52
Issue: 4
Start page: 573
End page: 578
Background:  The aim of the present study was to investigate recent overweight and obesity prevalence rates for Lebanese adolescents, and to examine differences in physical activity, screen time (sum of time spent in front of TV, computer, and videogames), and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) for the first time among normal, overweight, and obese adolescents. Methods:  One thousand Lebanese adolescents (14–18 years old) from nine schools participated in the study. Height, weight, physical activity, screen time, and HRQOL variables were assessed using validated self-report questionnaires. Results:  A total of 7.8% of boys and 1.75% of girls were obese, and 22.5% of boys and 12.47% of girls were overweight. Normal-weight boys reported higher physical activity scores at health clubs than obese boys. Normal-weight girls reported higher leisure time and total physical activity scores than obese girls. In the normal-weight group, boys reported higher total screen time than girls. Normal-weight boys reported higher physical functioning scores than their obese peers. Normal-weight girls reported higher physical functioning and average HRQOL scores than obese girls. Normal-weight and overweight boys reported higher average HRQOL scores than girls. Conclusion:  The present study is the first to provide data on physical activity, screen time, and HRQOL among Lebanese adolescents. Despite the need for further research, all those concerned with the pediatric population are urged to develop and implement effective strategies to increase physical activity and improve HRQOL among adolescents based on the present findings.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-200X.2009.03021.x
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Type: Journal Article
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