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Articles by Ahmad A. Suleiman
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  Ahmad A. Suleiman , Omar K. Alboqai , Sameer Kofahi , Adib A. Aughsteen and Khader El Masri
  To determine the prevalence rate and reasons of vegetarianism as well as its relationship with selected demographic and lifestyle characteristics among Jordan University students. A cross-sectional survey was carried out at Jordan University, Amman, Jordan from March to September 2005. The survey included 1209 students aged 17-28 years. A multistage stratified sampling technique was used to recruit the participants from different majors at Jordan University. A self-administered questionnaire included information about demographic, lifestyle characteristics and vegetarian status. The response rate was 80.6%. The overall prevalence of vegetarianism among university students was 23.9%. Vegetarianism was statistically significant (p< 0.05) with being female, younger age, lower family monthly income, nonsmoker, physically active, vitamin-mineral supplement user and normal BMI. The main important reasons for being vegetarian were weight control 39.2% and economic reasons 35.8%. A significant proportion of Jordan University students are interested in vegetarianism because of weight control and economic reasons. Vegetarians are more likely to be: females, younger age, with lower family monthly income, nonsmokers, physically active, vitamin-mineral supplement users and with normal BMI.
  Ahmad A. Suleiman , Omar K. Alboqai , Nada Yasein , Jafar M. El-Qudah , Mo`ath F. Bataineh and Bayan A. Obeidat
  To determine the prevalence of overweight and obesity among Jordan University students and to investigate some factors that might be associated with overweight and obesity. A cross-sectional survey was conducted at Jordan University, Amman, Jordan from March to September, 2005 using a multistage stratified sampling technique to recruit the participants. A total of 1219 students aged 17-28 years completed the study procedure with a response rate of 81.3%. A self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. The questionnaire included questions on biological and non-biological factors influencing the development of overweight and obesity. Also, height and weight were self reported to calculate the Body Mass Index (BMI) and to categorize it into normal, overweight and obese according to WHO (1997) classification. The overall prevalence rates of overweight and obesity among university students were 28.5 and 10.2%, respectively. Biological factors significantly associated with overweight and obesity were increasing age, being female and parental obesity (p<0.05). Also, non-biological factors including, physical inactivity, non-healthy diet, lower family monthly income and being non-smoker were significantly associated with overweight and obesity (p<0.05). Obesity is a problem among Jordan University students. Factors behind overweight and obesity among Jordan University students were increasing age, being female, parental obesity, physical inactivity, non-healthy diet, lower family monthly income and being non-smoker.
 
 
 
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