Obesity has been a prevailing concern for many countries across the world, and especially Egypt. With more than 71% of the population (aged 15-64) battling with obesity in 2016, Egypt has the densest obese population in the region.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines obesity as “abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health.”
Obesity is measured using the body mass index (BMI) – an index of that measures weight-for-height. The BMI classifies weight into three categories: underweight, overweight and obesity in adults.
Furthermore, obesity may lead to cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. These diseases contribute to premature deaths.
Kuwait has the highest obesity rate. At least 46 percent of its female population and 33 percent of its male counterpart.
As the graph below shows, obesity in the region has a gender bias – meaning it is more prevalent among women.