Association between Dietary Patterns, Breakfast Skipping and Familial Obesity among a Sample of Egyptian Families


  • Nayera E. Hassan Biological Anthropology Department, National Research Centre, Cairo
  • Salwa M. El Shebini Nutrition and Food Science Department, National Research Centre, Cairo
  • Nihad H. Ahmed Nutrition and Food Science Department, National Research Centre, Cairo



Familial obesity, anthropometry, dietary habits, breakfast


AIM: To examine the association between dietary patterns, behaviors and the prevalence of familial obesity.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eighty three families, shared as volunteers comprised of 83 mothers and 155 offspring. Anthropometric measurements were reported including height and weight. Body mass index (BMI), weight/height, and weight/height Z score were calculated. Pattern of food intake was obtained by means of dietary interview consisting of a 24 hour recall, and a food frequency questionnaire.

RESULTS: Data revealed that obesity was high among mothers reached 91.6% while obesity in the offspring was 24.5%. According to prevalence of obesity, families were divided to 4 groups, 8.43% of families were of normal weight, and 20.48% were obese. Food frequency consumption rate and food analysis revealed unhealthy food intake, especially in obese families. All groups reported high rate intake of sweets, pastries and beverage. Calories, carbohydrate, cholesterol and sodium were higher than the RDA in all mother’s groups, and adolescent group (2) compared to low daily intake of micronutrients especially calcium and vitamin D in all groups. More than half of all mothers and offspring skipped breakfast.

CONCLUSION: Results of this study suggest that familial obesity increases the risk of offspring being obese, dietary habits might be involved in the development of obesity.


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Hassan NE, El Shebini SM, Ahmed NH. Association between Dietary Patterns, Breakfast Skipping and Familial Obesity among a Sample of Egyptian Families. Open Access Maced J Med Sci [Internet]. 2016 Apr. 21 [cited 2022 Aug. 14];4(2):213-8. Available from:



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