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Title: Childhood obesity in the Middle East: a review
Authors: Mirmiran, P.
Sherafat Kazemzadeh, R.
Jalali Farahani, S.
Azizi, F.
Issue Date: 2010
Language: English
Abstract: Accurate and comprehensive data on the extent of the problem of childhood obesity is lacking in countries of the Middle East. This review, based on a Medline search, summarizes the prevalence of obesity among children and adolescents in the region during 1990-2007. The highest rates of obesity and overweight were reported from Bahrain and the lowest from the Islamic Republic of Iran. Studies from Saudi Arabia, Islamic Republic of Iran and Kuwait showed an upwards trend in childhood obesity compared with a decade ago. Lack of uniformity in reference standards and reporting systems renders comparisons difficult. Nevertheless, the high prevalence of childhood obesity in the Middle East should stimulate policy-makers in the region to set up effective national and regional surveillance systems
Description: 1009-1017
Keywords: Prevalence
Reference Values
Middle East
Sex Distribution
Socioeconomic Factors
Subject: Obesity
ISSN: 1020-3397
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