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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-85

Impact of nutrition clinic on obesity in Baghdad, Iraq: First year outcome

1 Iraqi Ministry of Health, Al-Yarmouk Teaching Hospital, Nutrition Clinic, Baghdad, Iraq
2 College of Medicine, Al-Mustansiriya University, Baghdad, , Affiliate Prof, Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, Iraq

Correspondence Address:
Ali Hassan Hayyawi
Iraqi Ministry of Health, Al-Yarmouk Teaching Hospital, Nutrition Clinic, Baghdad
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.197703

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Background: Overweight and obesity are growing global health concerns. Strategies to control obesity focus on obesity management and weight reduction as well as obesity prevention. Objective: The objective of this study was to summarize the impact of new nutrition clinic on obesity in Baghdad city, Iraq. Methods: All patients who attended the clinic during the year 2015 were included in this case series study to describe the yield of work of the clinic in its first year. A complete examination was done by the researchers for every patient, including height, weight, BMI, and other relevant examinations according to the underlying health problem. Results: The total number of patients that visited the clinic for the first time was 738 with a mean age of (32.9 ± 9.1 year) and mean BMI of (34.85 ± 7.84 kg/m2). The attendants who reported only one visit formed 71.5%, while 15% achieved two visits and only 13.5% could make it to achieve three visits, 10.5% of the sample did not show any loss in their weight, while 47.4 showed a loss of up to three kilograms after one month, and 42.1% lost more than three kilograms. Conclusion: Most of the attendants to the nutrition clinic are females and morbid obese especially those with hypertension and diabetes mellitus. The compliance of the patients is still low. More health education is needed to increase their awareness about the problem of obesity.

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