Health promotion and obesity in the arab gulf states: Challenges and good practices

Anastasia Samara*, Pernille Tanggaard Andersen, Arja R. Aro

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This debate paper focuses on available strategies, policies, and challenges of health promotion for combating obesity in the Arab Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar). The paper focuses on the abovementioned countries due to their similarity on many aspects and because of their alarming obesity rates that are on the rise and keep increasing. The paper argues that there are significant efforts to be made in sectors such as policies, intersectoral work, primary healthcare, health promotion strategies development, and qualified personnel for health promotion and health education. Among the six states, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and to a degree Oman have shown some development with regard to the implementation and evaluation of obesity-related health promotion policies, and thus other Arab Gulf countries could be inspired by existing good practices and move from good intentions to using their available wealth to invest in the implementation and evaluation of published policies and strategies. All Arab Gulf countries are in need of more qualified personnel and the development of infrastructure that can help tackle the growing obesity challenge that such countries are experiencing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4756260
JournalJournal of Obesity
Volume2019
Number of pages6
ISSN2090-0708
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Health promotion and obesity in the arab gulf states : Challenges and good practices. / Samara, Anastasia; Andersen, Pernille Tanggaard; Aro, Arja R.

In: Journal of Obesity, Vol. 2019, 4756260, 2019.

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