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Updates of Overweight and Obesity Status and Their Consequences in Palestine

Mohammed Ellulu, Asmah Rahmat and Yehia Abed
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Overweight and obesity are worldwide public health issues which are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation. WHO reported that there are one billion overweight people in the world, 300 million of whom are obese. Total body and abdominal obesity have well-known associations with all-cause mortality, morbidity and disability, resulting in unhealthy life-years with poor quality of life and increased health care costs. The increased measure of BMI more than 25 and 30 kg/m2 will result in overweight and obesity respectively, while waist circumference is important for determining the central obesity. All Arab Countries including Palestine referred as the Eastern Mediterranean Region according to WHO. Palestine has many reports about increasing levels of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) like diabetes, hypertension, stroke and heart diseases which linked directly with overweight and obesity. The death conditions in Palestine due to NCDs are also escalated over years. However, the number of studies and reports focused on overweight and obesity in Palestine is very little in comparing with the high evidences of NCDs linked to them. The main data was collected from three sources; Governmental, Non-governmental organizations and individual studies from Master Thesis. In other way, the data collected divided into three categories; the first one designed mainly to evaluate overweight and obesity, the second had assessed overweight and obesity as a secondary objective in the way for evaluating nutritional status and the last one had the assessment within the context of the study. The results revealed data collected among vulnerable groups in both sexes. Most of studies indicated high measure of overweight and obesity among older adults rather than young adults. Finally; Palestine still in need for more studies to include all age groups and different cities.

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Mohammed Ellulu, Asmah Rahmat and Yehia Abed, 2014. Updates of Overweight and Obesity Status and Their Consequences in Palestine. Pakistan Journal of Nutrition, 13: 116-121.

DOI: 10.3923/pjn.2014.116.121


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