The Relationship between Fasting and Obesity

The goal of this study was to see if there was a link between eating habits perceptions and obesity in Egypt during Ramadan. In 2015, data was obtained using a cross-sectional paper and pencil survey of people aged 18 and up in Egypt’s Assiut Governorate. The dependent variable was obesity, as measured by the body mass index. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to fit the data. Individuals with poor religious orthodoxy had higher risks of obesity than those with moderate orthodoxy (AOR = 1.52, CI = 1.10, 2.09), and Ramadan eating habits were substantially associated with an opinion regarding obesity (AOR = 3.82, CI = 2.91, 5.00). The new study has made a significant contribution to our understanding of obesity by looking at how religious doctrine is understood and interpreted. This strategy is expected to be used in future studies on obesity and other health effects.

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Dina Aly Ezzat
Department of Sociology, University of California Riverside, United States and Department of Sociology, California State University San Bernardino, California, United States and Assiut University, Egypt.

Augustine J. Kposowa
Department of Sociology, University of California Riverside, United States.

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