The Association Between Duration Of Playing Electronic Games (e-games) And Body Weight Among Primary School Age Children (6-12 Years Old) In Saudi Arabia | 50881
Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
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Aim: To assess the possible association between duration of playing electronic games (e-games) and body weight among
primary school age children (6-12 years old) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2015.
Methods: A cross sectional study was conducted on primary school students between the ages of 6-12 years. Multistage
sampling technique was used to select the sample as follows. Riyadh is divided into five administrative regions (north, south,
middle, east and west). A list of schools in each region was collected and numbered randomly by Random Number Generator
(RNG). After choosing random schools, the next step was choosing a random class by RNG and asking all students in that
chosen class to fill out the developed questionnaire. Well trained investigators then measured the weight and height of each
Results: The study included 718 students. Higher Body Mass Index (BMI) was associated with more hours of playing e-games
(P=0.008), cooking types of e-games and duration (P=0.023, P=0.018), duration of playing adventure e-games (P=0.008),
history of obesity in family (P=0.000), child’s age (0.018), and child’s height (P=0.012). Parents’ education, family income,
nationality of the participants, house region, personal electronic devices, and age of starting playing e-games were not
significantly associated with BMI.
Conclusion: The study demonstrates that duration of playing electronic games has an impact on child BMI.
Abdulaziz Al-Muhanna is a graduate from the College of Medicine at King Saud University in the year 2016. He is currently a Chief Intern at King Khalid University Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.