Obesity in Nigeria: Current trends and management

  • MR Akpa
  • CN Mato


The objective of the study is to review the current knowledge on the problems associated with obesity, as well as the measures and strategies that have evolved in its management. A review of the literature on the subject of obesity, its epidemiology, risk factors, clinical complications and treatment (using Medline computer search). Obesity occurs worldwide and the prevalence is increasing in both developed and developing countries. It has therefore become an important health issue globally because of its negative impact on health especially its contribution to morbidity and mortality in cardiovascular diseases. The development of obesity is a gradual process fuelled by environmental factors, which operate in both developed and developing countries. Its incidence continues to rise globally, but whereas the developed countries are making serious efforts to stem the rising tide, Nigeria, it would appear, is yet to actively join in this campaign.

Nigerian Medical Practitioner Vol. 54 (1) 2008: pp. 11-15

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