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Obesity

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The prevalence of obesity in the UAE is among the highest in the world

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According to a 2015 report from the World Health Organization (WHO), 33.8% of males and 45.1% of females in the UAE are obese.

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The burden is higher in women

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Obesity rates in the UAE tend to be even more severe for women.

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Indicator of obesity

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Body mass index (BMI) is easily calculated using the following formula:

  • BMI = weight (kg) ÷ height2 (m2), where:
  • BMI = 18.5–20 kg/m2 indicates a normal weight
  • BMI = 25–29.9 kg/m2 indicates that a person is overweight
  • BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2 indicates that a person is obese
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