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Obesity Prevalence in Nepal: Public Health Challenges in a Low-Income Nation during an Alarming Worldwide Trend
Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden / Kathmandu Medical College, Duwakot, Bhaktapur, Nepal.
Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden / Nepal Medical College and Teaching Hospital, Jorpati, Kathmandu.
Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden / Sahlgrenska Academy at University of Gothenburg, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4583-9315
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 7, no 6, 2726-2744 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
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The future toll of the obesity epidemic will likely hit hardest in low- and middle-income countries. Ongoing urbanization promotes risk factors including sedentary lifestyle and fat- and sugar-laden diets. Low-income countries like Nepal experience a double disease burden: infectious diseases as well as rising incidence of noncommunicable diseases (e.g., cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus) frequently characterized by obesity. Nepal currently directs efforts towards curing disease but pays little attention to preventive actions. This article highlights obesity prevalence in Nepal, delineates the challenges identified by our pilot study (including low health literacy rates), and suggests strategies to overcome this trend.

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MDPI AG , 2010. Vol. 7, no 6, 2726-2744 p.
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Nepal, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, epidemic, obesity
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-11367DOI: 10.3390/ijerph7062726ISI: 000279196000018PubMedID: 20644698Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77954807230OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-11367DiVA: diva2:846662
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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