Posts Tagged ‘global obesity’

What’s New in Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan-stan or the serious picture of global obesity

November 6th, 2011

Americans tend to think that obesity is a home-grown phenomenon, a reflection of our consumer-oriented society. Yet, obesity is a global phenomenon and not only in other Western industrialized countries. In fact, obesity is occurring throughout the world at a rapid pace and in a lot of countries you might not expect. Here’s a sample of some recent studies.

Obesity prevalence in male school children in Saudi Arabia was found to be 9.7% and 14.2% for overweight, approaching levels in developed countries. It was noted in the study that mothers of obese and overweight children had less education and worked more. The children also missed breakfast more, had frequent consumption of fast food and low daily consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products.  Overweight and Obesity and their Association with Dietary Habits, and Sociodemographic Characteristics Among Male Primary School Children in Al-Hassa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

We have previously looked at increases of obesity in China. Now, there is a review article of the epidemics of obesity, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome The emerging epidemic of obesity, diabetes… [Cardiol Res Pract. 2012] – PubMed – NCBI Here’s a number of staggering proportions: the number of overweight or obese Chinese: 401 Million, a prevalence of 29.9%.

Greenland sees changes in physical activity among the native Inuit people who are experiencing rapid social transition. Compared to traditional hunters and fishermen, women in the latest stage of change engage in less domestic physical activity; men in less occupational physical activity.




A study from western Iran found the incidence of type 2 diabetes was increased by obesity at all ages and by extreme leanness in childhood. Being obese throughout life doubled type 2 diabetes prevalence in women. And here’s something you don’t find in many studies: prevalence was increased by green tea and opium consumption. Diabetes mellitus and its correlates in an Iranian … [PLoS One. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI

A study of 14,425 subjects in Nepal found that 32% were obese, 28% were overweight, 6.3% were diabetic and 34% had hypertension. Prevalence was higher in the less educated, those working at home and women. Prevalence of hypertension, obesity, diabete… [Int J Hypertens. 2011] – PubMed – NCBI Nepal is one of the low and middle income countries hit with both infectious disease burden as well as rising incidence of non-communicable diseases frequently characterized by obesity. Low health literacy rates complicate strategies to address the challenges. Obesity prevalence in Nepal:… [Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010] – PubMed – NCBI

An obesity rate of 53.9% is reported in Sudan The state of heart disease in Sudan. [Cardiovasc J Afr. 2011 Jul-Aug] – PubMed – NCBI

If you are wondering about Ubeki-beki-beki-stan-stan-stan, there is news there too. A national survey has found a strong association between obesity and hypertension in Uzbekistan. Epidemiology of obesity and hypertension and… [Eur J Clin Nutr. 2006] – PubMed – NCBI

Will China Tip the Global Obesity Scales?

June 20th, 2011

Global rates of obesity have been growing, particularly in urban areas undergoing a transition to a Western lifestyle. Now research is coming out of a less industrialized area of China indicating high rates of overweight and obesity among school children. Among 2,000 primary and secondary students in Macao, 18% of boys and 20% of girls were overweight or obese with a significant proportion having cardiometabolic risk factors. Global epidemics of childhood obesity is hitting a… [Int J Pediatr Obes. 2011] – PubMed result  Predictably, another study found higher obesity was associated with increases in blood pressure in Chinese children and adolescents. Increase in Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference a… [J Int Med Res. 2011] – PubMed result

Trends in Global Health and Wealth

May 24th, 2011

Professor Hans Roling has done a fantastic job of depicting the changes in global health and income for the last two hundred years. While it doe not address obesity specifically, most of the countries showing increases in income and longevity also show increases in obesity.  For global changes since 1980, see National, regional, and global trends in body-mass… [Lancet. 2011] – PubMed result