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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-7

Childhood obesity in Saudi Arabia: Opportunities and challenges


1 Department of Health Education, Security Forces Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia; Department of Public Health, Discipline of Public Health, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
2 Department of Public Health, Discipline of Public Health, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
3 Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Fahd Hospital of the University, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdullah Aljoudi
Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Fahd Hospital of the University, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, PO Box 31987, Khobar 31952, Saudi Arabia

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.158684

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There is significant evidence for the existence of worldwide increase of obesity in children. The problem is not only confined to developed countries; as there has been significant increase in middle and low income countries, and Saudi Arabia is not an exception. The problem of obesity in developing countries further impacts on the burden of disease in these countries. Individual nations need to be informed of the magnitude of the obesity problem in their different settings and an effective comprehensive approach including, formulation of effective health policies and health legislation development will enable development of long-term measures that address obesity epidemic. This article highlights the magnitude of obesity in Saudi Arabia and attempts to suggest policies and strategies potential to addressing obesity problems in Saudi Arabia. Multiple determinants of obesity are discussed related to the Saudi context.


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