Uncovering risky behaviors of expatriate teenagers in the United Arab Emirates

A survey of tobacco use, nutrition and physical activity habits Health behavior, health promotion and society

Leena W. Asfour, Zachary D. Stanley, Michael Weitzman, Scott Sherman

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    Background: Tobacco use and unhealthy lifestyle habits amongst youth contribute to most major health issues in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and worldwide. However up to date and comprehensive statistics are not available on the current behavior, experimentation and environmental influences on teenagers in the UAE's expatriate community, who are greatly impacted by the country's culture and environment, as well as bringing influences from their cultures of origin. Expatriates comprise a majority of the UAE population, making them an important subset of the population to study. Method: To address this gap in knowledge, a survey was conducted to collect information on tobacco use, physical activity and nutrition behaviors, anti-tobacco media/legislation effectiveness and health education gaps. Results: Our results provide a summary on each of these topics with regards to ninth grade expatriates in the UAE. We offer the first statistics on dokha use in this age group and uncover signs of underlying eating disorders. Conclusions: In conclusion, we call for a tobacco use, nutrition and physical activity intervention targeted at this age group of UAE expatriates.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Article number944
    JournalBMC Public Health
    Volume15
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Sep 23 2015

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    Health Behavior
    Tobacco Use
    Health Promotion
    Habits
    Exercise
    Age Groups
    Legislation
    Health Education
    Population
    Tobacco
    Life Style
    Surveys and Questionnaires
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    Keywords

    • "Behaviors"
    • "Expatriates"
    • "Gulf"
    • "High school"
    • "Hookah"
    • "Medwakh"
    • "Risky"
    • "Tobacco"
    • "UAE"
    • Dokha
    • Health education
    • Nutrition
    • Physical activity
    • Shisha
    • Teenagers
    • Tobacco
    • UAE

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    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Uncovering risky behaviors of expatriate teenagers in the United Arab Emirates : A survey of tobacco use, nutrition and physical activity habits Health behavior, health promotion and society. / Asfour, Leena W.; Stanley, Zachary D.; Weitzman, Michael; Sherman, Scott.

    In: BMC Public Health, Vol. 15, No. 1, 944, 23.09.2015.

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