Proportion of night eating syndrome in Arab population of Oman

Fahad Zadjali, Aaisha Al-Bulushi, Fatma AlHassani, Mustafa Al Hinai

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Abstract

Objective: Globally obesity has reached epidemic proportions with alarming rates in the Arabian Gulf countries. The impact of behavioral eating habits and in particular night eating syndrome (NES) have not been emphasized in the region. This study assessed the proportion of NES in an Omani Arab adult population sample. Method: A night eating syndrome questionnaire (NEQ) was distributed to Omani adults above the age of 20. Results: Out of the 454 respondents, 26.4% endorsed evening hyperphagia while nocturnal ingestion was present in 4.7% of the respondents. In addition, 1.5% of the respondents met the NES criteria. Conclusions and implications: The proportion of NES in Omani adult population is similar to the reported rates in general world populations. In conclusion, night eating syndrome is present in the Omani Arab adults and should be taken into account in national management for increased obesity trends in the region.

Original languageEnglish
Article number43
JournalJournal of Eating Disorders
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 25 2015

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Keywords

  • Evening hyperphagia
  • Middle east
  • Night eating
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Proportion of night eating syndrome in Arab population of Oman. / Zadjali, Fahad; Al-Bulushi, Aaisha; AlHassani, Fatma; Al Hinai, Mustafa.

In: Journal of Eating Disorders, Vol. 3, No. 1, 43, 25.11.2015.

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