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Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Pearce,
Professor Julia Critchley,
Dr Eugene Sobngwi
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The prevalence of obesity among adults in Saudi Arabia increased from 22% in 1990-1993 to 36% in 2005, and future projections of the prevalence of adult obesity are needed by health policy-makers. In a secondary analysis of published data, a number of assumptions were applied to estimate the trends and projections in the age-and sex-specific prevalence of adult obesity in Saudi Arabia over the period 1992-2022. Five studies conducted between 1989 and 2005 were eligible for inclusion, using body mass index (BMI) >= 30 kg/m(2) to define obesity. The overall prevalence of obesity was projected to increase from around 12% in 1992 to 41% by 2022 in men, and from 21% to 78% in women. Women had much higher projected prevalence than men, particularly in the age groups 35-44, 45-54 and 55-64 years. Effective national strategies are needed to reduce or halt the projected rise in obesity prevalence.
Author(s): Al-Quwaidhi AJ, Pearce MS, Critchley JA, Sobngwi E, O'Flaherty M
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Print publication date: 01/10/2014
Acceptance date: 10/06/2014
ISSN (print): 1020-3397
ISSN (electronic): 1687-1634
Publisher: World Health Organization Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean