Pilot Phase Findings

Pilot Phase Report Summary:

Physical Activity

  • 80% of the sample population reported no level of moderate physical activity per week
  • 77% of males and 86% of females reported no moderate physical activity per week
  • 67% of the sample population (61% male/70% female) reported walking less than 2 hours per week for leisure
  • 55% of the males sampled reported working in an office-based environment, which leads to inactivity
  • 42% of the males sampled reported watching TV and using computers for more than 4 hours per day compared to 38% of females sampled
  • 35% of males sampled reported watching TV and using computers between 2-4 hours per day compared to 32% of females sampled
  • 35% of male and 42% of female participants reported changing their diet to lose weight, while 18% of male and 22% of female participants changed their diet to become healthier

Clinical Referral

  • 530 out 1172 (45.2%) of the participants were referred to Hamad Medical Clinic (HMC)* and other primary healthcare centres.
  • 373 (70%) of the participants were unaware that they had a disease
  • 25% of referrals were due to abnormal bone density and low blood calcium rates
  • 19% of referrals were due to dyslipidemia (high cholesterol)
  • 18% of referrals were due to diabetes
  • 17% of referrals were due to high blood pressure
  • HMC assigned special clinic (building 10) for Qatar Biobank referrals and other chronic non-communicable diseases referral.

Body Mass Index

  • 73% of the sample population were classified as overweight and obese
  • 37% of the population were classified as obese

High Risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

  • 37% of the population have borderline or high levels of total cholesterol
  • 76.6 % % of male and 70.4% female participants are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease due to being overweight/obese
  • 52.7% of male and 31.7% of female participants were categorised as being hypertensive or recorded high normal/pre-hypertensive levels
  • 21.3% of male and 15.6% of female participants who were categorised as hypertensive were undergoing treatment for hypertension, but still considered hypertensive.

High Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency

  • 69.8% of male and 68.3% of female participants recorded below average vitamin D levels, while 12.5% of male and 16.5% of female participants suffer from severe vitamin D deficiency

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