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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-40

Prevention and management of obesity: Saudi guideline update

1 Department of Family Medicine, Ministry of Health, Southern Region, KSA
2 Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Bisha, KSA
3 Department of Family Medicine, Armed Forced Hospital, Southern Region, KSA
4 Director of KSU Obesity Chair, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA
5 Consultant General, Laparoscopic and Bariatric Surgeon, Kind Saud Medical City, Riyadh, KSA
6 Family and Bariatric Medical Consultant, Kind Saud Medical City, Riyadh, KSA
7 Consultant Bariatric Surgery, Kind Saud Medical City, Riyadh, KSA
8 Consultant Family and Community Medicine, Dean, College of Medicine, Imam University, Riyadh, KSA
9 Consultant Family and Community Medicine -Director General for Genetic and Chronic Diseases, KSA
10 Consultant of Pediatric Endocrinology, Dialectology and Obesity, Director of Diabetes, Centers and Units Administration, KSA
11 Consultant Endocrine, Senior Advisor for Genetics and Chronic Directorate, KSA
12 Health Management, Policy and Planning, General Directorate for Genetic and Chronic Diseases, KSA
13 Associate Professor of Surgery, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA
14 Chairman of Obesity, Department Obesity Metabolic and Endocrine Center, King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, KSA
15 Director of Obesity Control Program, KSA
16 Obesity Control Program in Eastern Province, KSA
17 General Directorate for Genetic and Chronic Diseases, MOH, KSA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Fahad S Al-Shehri
Saudi Arabian Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SASMBS), PO Box: 2653, Abha
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.184970

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Overweight and obesity affect more than 75% of the total population in Saudi Arabia. Almost all age groups are affected in general and adults particularly. In order to introduce high quality health-care for these individual, it is mandatory to establish clinical guideline that will help health-care providers to manage this common problem at all levels. This guideline was adapted from Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and other international guidelines for prevention and management overweight and obesity. The guideline will cover preventive and curative aspects of overweight and obesity and could be implemented at primary, secondary, and tertiary care levels in Saudi Arabia.

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