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Study: Obesity is an epidemic in Jordan

 | 12/6/2012 11:12 AM

LP— Jordan is facing an epidemic of obesity and overweight with 86 per cent of Jordanians are obese and overweight, a recent study found.

The study conducted by the National Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Genetics (NCDEG) showed that 42 per cent of Jordanian adults are overweight, while 39.8 per cent are obese, indicating that less than 20 per cent of adults in the Kingdom are at a healthy weight.

Moreover, obesity is linked to other diseases including diabetes and high blood pressure, according to NCDEG head Kamel Ajlouni.

Ajlouni explained that obesity is also responsible for the rise in sexual dysfunction, and cancer.

Obesity is on the rise, due to the unhealthy lifestyle and the type of food, said Ajlouni.

In a former statement World Health Organisation (WHO) Deputy Regional Director Abdullah Assaedi said overweight and obesity now rank as the fifth leading global risk for mortality, and 44 per cent of the diabetes burden, 23 per cent of the ischemic heart disease burden and 7 to 41 per cent of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.


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