The prevalence of obesity in the UAE is among the highest in the world
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.
The burden is higher in women
Obesity rates in the UAE tend to be even more severe for women.
Indicator of obesity
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