Carine Issa

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BACKGROUND The beneficial impact of the traditional Mediterranean diet pattern on adiposity is still under debate, and this has never been assessed in a developing Mediterranean country. OBJECTIVES To assess the relationships between adherence to a traditional Mediterranean diet and adiposity indexes, that is, body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference(More)
BACKGROUND Dietary guidelines can be derived from dietary patterns known to be healthy such as the traditional Mediterranean diet. They can also be deduced by translating a set of nutrient recommendations into food combinations. However, the latter may vary depending on the decisions made by different expert committees. OBJECTIVE The objective was to(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE To estimate the overall nutritional quality of traditional Lebanese dishes by calculating their nutrient profile. METHODS Fifty traditional Lebanese composite dishes (LD) were compared with 50 composite dishes consumed in France (FD), based on the SAIN (score of nutritional adequacy of individual foods) and LIM (score of nutrients to be(More)
INTRODUCTION Unhealthy dietary habits are major risk factors for chronic diseases, particularly if adopted during early years of adulthood. Limited studies have explored the food consumption patterns among young adults in Lebanon. Our study aimed to examine common dietary patterns and their correlates among a large sample of university student population in(More)
BACKGROUND Cigarette smoking induces dependence in young smokers. PURPOSE The primary objective of this work was to validate the use of the Fagerström Test for Nicotine Dependence (FTND) in young Lebanese university students, and to improve it eventually by adding new items covering DSM-IV and ICD-10 dependence components. METHODS We used data from a(More)
OBJECTIVE Since adolescence obesity is becoming an international concern, our objective was to evaluate obesity-related behavior in Lebanese adolescents. METHODS We performed a cross-sectional study in 19 Lebanese private schools, using a random multistage cluster sampling process. Dietary and physical activity behaviors were assessed in 1933 adolescents(More)
Dietary magnesium intakes and concentrations of magnesium in plasma and erythrocytes were determined in 23 lactating and 13 nonlactating healthy pregnant women from 37 wk of gestation through 6 mo postpartum. Food composites, collected for 3 days, were analyzed for magnesium, and energy intake was calculated from 3-day dietary records. The lactating women(More)
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