Health Classes at School
Only seven percent of all 13 to 20-year-old Qataris said they had a full health class at school (i.e., a class that was devoted specifically to health topics and lasted for at least a semester or term). Health was covered as part of another class such as biology, or only in one or more special assemblies on health topics, for about a quarter of teens. Almost a third of Qatari teens said that they never had any classes or assemblies about health (Chart 18).
According to the Qatari teens surveyed, the most frequent topics covered in health classes (mentioned at least by half of our respondents) were hygiene, diet and nutrition, fitness and exercise, dental health, road safety, smoking, and cancer. Similar topics were taught to teens who had health covered as part of another class (such as biology) or just in special assemblies--except that now diabetes, heart disease, sleep, and colds/flu were also among the topics mentioned by at least half of our respondents (Table 9).