Peter J. Foster

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE There is limited information on overweight and obesity in Saudi children and adolescents. The objective of this study was to establish the national prevalence of overweight and obesity in Saudi children and adolescents. METHODS The 2005 Saudi reference data set was used to calculate the body mass index (BMI) for children aged 5 to(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE There is no published information on the prevalence of malnutrition in Saudi Arabia. The objective of this study was to establish the prevalence data. METHODS The prevalence of nutritional indicators in the form of underweight, stunting, and wasting in a national sample of children younger than 5 years of age was calculated using(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Data on stature in Saudi children and adolescents are limited. The objective of this report was to establish the national prevalence of short stature in Saudi children and adolescents. DESIGN AND SETTING Community-based, cross-sectional study conducted over 2 years (2004, 2005) PATIENTS AND METHODS The national data set of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the regional difference in the prevalence of malnutrition in Saudi children. METHODS Data for this study were collected over 2 years (2004 and 2005). A cross-sectional representative sample of the Saudi population of healthy children below 5 years of age was used to calculate the prevalence of malnutrition. The study was carried out(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES No previous study has provided a detailed description of regional variations of growth within the various regions of Saudi Arabia. Thus, we sought to demonstrate differences in growth of children and adolescents in different regions. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The 2005 Saudi reference was based on a cross-sectional representative(More)
BACKGROUND Although variations in growth between boys and girls have been reported, detailed descriptions according to age and growth parameters are not available. OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to determine the pattern and magnitude of differences in growth between boys and girls according to age that justify separate growth charts. METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Because there are no reference standards for body mass index (BMI) in Saudi children, we established BMI reference percentiles for normal Saudi Arabian children and adolescents and compared them with international standards. SUBJECTS AND METHODS Data from a stratified multistage probability sample were collected from the 13(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The 2000 CDC growth charts for the United States, a revision of the National Center for Health Statistics/World Health Organization (NCHS/WHO) growth charts, were released in 2002 to replace the NCHS/WHO charts. We evaluated the differences between the CDC growth charts and the Saudi 2005 reference to determine the implications of(More)
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