Respect de la politique nutritionnelle en milieu scolaire en Arabie saoudite: étude quantitative

Translated title of the contribution: Compliance with school nutrition policy in saudi arabia: A quantitative study

Khalid Aldubayan, Mary Murimi

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Background:  An  evidence-based  school  nutrition  policy  that  helps  increase  the  availability  and  accessibility  of  healthy  foods is needed in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Aims: This study investigated the compliance of selected schools with Saudi nutrition policy and assessed the nutritional value of food offered in such schools using the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards.Methods: A total of 76 boys public high schools were randomly selected from four areas in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Principals and canteen managers were interviewed using validated questionnaires. Schools were observed using a food checklist.Results: Meals offered in Saudis schools come prepackaged with minimal cooking in schools. From a calorie perspective, there was not a significant difference between the food allowed and food not allowed. For the Saudi policy, 94.7% of the schools scored in between category 2 and 3 (moderate compliance). For the IOM standards, 96.1% of the schools scored in category 1 (low alignment).Conclusions: While the Saudi policy is clear on what should not be served in school cafeterias, it fails to provide guidance on what must be served to improve the nutritional value of meals provided.

Translated title of the contributionCompliance with school nutrition policy in saudi arabia: A quantitative study
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)230-238
Number of pages9
JournalEastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019


  • Breakfast
  • Institute of Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Policy
  • School meals


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