Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/1601
Title: Air conditioning and body mass index in a group of Lebanese adolescents
Other Titles: Air climatisé et indice de masse corporelle chez les adolescents libanais
Authors: Hage, Rawad El 
Shmeitally, Nivine El
Jacob, Christophe 
Affiliations: Department of Physical Education 
Department of Physical Education 
Keywords: Moyen-Orient
Surcharge pondérale
Subjects: Adolescence
Issue Date: 2014
Part of: Revue d'épidémiologie et de santé publique
Volume: 62
Issue: 3
Start page: 216
End page: 219
Abstract: 
Abstract Background The aim of this study was to explore the relation between the fact of having an air conditioner (AC) or not and body mass index in Lebanese adolescents living in the cities of Beyrouth and Jounieh. Methods One thousand and fifty adolescents (496 boys and 554 girls) aged 13–18 participated in this study. Body mass index (BMI) was calculated using the anthropometrical data. Percentages of subjects having or not an AC in their house and their bedroom as well as the average BMI of the subjects having or not an AC in their house and their bedroom were calculated from data collected using a questionnaire. Results In this study, 84% of the obese subjects and 74% of the normal-weighted subjects had an AC in their house. Sixty-nine percent of the obese subjects and 53% of the normal-weighted subjects had an AC in their bedroom. In the whole population, there were no differences regarding the BMI between the subjects who had or did not have an AC in their house. However, the BMI of the boys who had an AC in their bedroom was significantly higher (23.1 ± 4.1 vs. 22.2 ± 3.6; P < 0.01) compared to that of those who did not. Conclusion In the boys group, the fact of having an AC in the bedroom had a positive influence on BMI. Résumé Position du problème Le but de cette étude est d'explorer la relation entre le fait d'avoir ou non un climatiseur d'air (AC) et l'indice de masse corporelle chez des adolescents libanais vivant dans les villes de Beyrouth et Jounieh. Méthodes Au total, 1050 adolescents (496 garçons et 554 filles) âgés de 13 à 18 ans ont participé à cette étude. L'indice de masse corporelle (IMC) a été calculé d'après les données anthropométriques des sujets. Les pourcentages de sujets ayant et n'ayant pas un AC dans leur maison et dans leur chambre ainsi que la moyenne de lIMC des sujets ayant et n'ayant pas un AC dans leur maison et dans leur chambre ont été calculés par l'intermédiaire d'un questionnaire. Résultats.
URI: https://scholarhub.balamand.edu.lb/handle/uob/1601
DOI: 10.1016/j.respe.2014.03.002
Ezproxy URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Physical Education

Show full item record

Record view(s)

6
checked on Oct 23, 2021

Google ScholarTM

Check

Dimensions Altmetric

Dimensions Altmetric


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.