Obesity, a growing burden for society

Muscat – Physical inactivity and poor diet are the main causes of the increase in obesity in the sultanate, especially among women.

The Department of Health, represented by the National Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at the Royal Hospital Branch and the Non-Communicable Diseases Unit at the Primary Health Care Branch, on Wednesday organized a workshop to discuss regional recommendations for the treatment and management of adult obesity in the Gulf and Lebanon in collaboration with the World Obesity Federation.

The virtual event was held under the auspices of HE Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health.

The workshop aimed to review the recently launched regional recommendations for the treatment and management of obesity in adults in the Arab Gulf region and Lebanon, launched in October 2020, and discuss its implementation in Oman, according to a press release issued by the ministry. .

Participants discussed all aspects of obesity management service delivery in Oman, including current opportunities and challenges. The workshop was also an opportunity for all participants to establish realistic steps to improve the treatment and management of adult obesity in Oman.

Professor John Wilding, President of the World Obesity Federation, spoke about the growing burden of obesity worldwide and discussed the federation’s efforts to raise awareness and introduce feasible interventions to reduce this burden.

In his speech, H.E. Dr. Sa’eedi highlighted the rising rates of obesity in Oman, especially among women, and the growing burden on society due to increased risk factors, especially physical inactivity. and poor diet.

He also highlighted the important role the health sector plays in ensuring the development of a clear and integrated pathway that will help break down the social stigma of obesity and encourage patients to seek much-needed help. .

In 2017, the National Survey of Non-Communicable Diseases reported that 66% of Oman’s population was overweight and obese. The prevalence of obesity in the sultanate has risen to 23.2% among men and 39.3% among women. The statistics also indicated the increasing incidence of obesity and overweight among children and those in younger age groups.

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