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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 41-42

Evolutions after Riyadh obesity forum and workshop (November 30 – December 2, 2018)

Professor of General and Bariatric Surgery, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date of Submission03-Mar-2021
Date of Decision30-Jan-2021
Date of Acceptance05-Mar-2021
Date of Web Publication8-Dec-2021

Correspondence Address:
Mohammed Y Alnaami
Editor-in-Chief, Saudi J Obesity, Professor of General and Bariatric Surgery King Saud University, Riyadh
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.331869

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Alnaami MY. Evolutions after Riyadh obesity forum and workshop (November 30 – December 2, 2018). Saudi J Obesity 2018;6:41-2

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Alnaami MY. Evolutions after Riyadh obesity forum and workshop (November 30 – December 2, 2018). Saudi J Obesity [serial online] 2018 [cited 2023 Jun 9];6:41-2. Available from:

For the first time, a multidisciplinary and sectoral experts and policy makers representation happened in the capital Riyadh to discuss up to date knowledge and experiences for the prevention and control of obesity in the Kingdom. The forum was preceded by a 1-day workshop where key figures and scientists in the field focused their discussions on three themes: strategies, policies, and guidelines for the prevention and treatment of obesity. The subsequent 2 days of the forum, presenters and participants discussed other matters within two themes: first, the magnitude of the problem and published interventions to prevent and control obesity; second, theme includes community participation, success stories, opportunities, and barriers. The outcome of the 3-day conference leads to the generation of some general and specific recommendations, strategies, policies, and guidelines for the prevention and management of obesity, which will be presented in subsequent sections of this issue of the SJO. This outcome was sent and shared by all speakers and participants to the represented institutions and sectors. Few months later, the General Secretary of the Saudi Health Council formulated a task-force committee representing the Ministry of Health and other sectors and institutes concerned with obesity and related diseases to study Riyadh Obesity Forum and Workshop’s recommendations and develop clear policies and a roadmap strategy for dealing with obesity from a preventive and curative point of view. The team have met several times, where they have exchanged information and views and also shared some key references and reports on the subject of obesity. The team produced a comprehensive report after addressing available strategies, policies, and guidelines recommended by Riyadh Obesity Forum and Workshop; other documents especially the document of the Center for Disease Control “Weqaya” on Obesity Prevention & Control Strategy 2020–2030 in addition to a new roadmap strategy to prevent and cure obesity in the country. Finally, after 2 years of hard work, despite coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic and lockdowns, the Ministry of Health produced a Ministerial Decree to formulate a National Obesity Control Committee at the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control to undertake the following tasks:
  1. Developing and approving national strategies, guidelines, decisions, and measures to prevent obesity and limit its spread, and to harmonize them with the Kingdom’s vision programs and relevant global strategies and agreements
  2. Scientific and technical supervision of the national program to combat obesity at the center for disease prevention and control and follow up the implementation of its strategies to ensure the fulfillment of the Kingdom’s local and international obligations
  3. Preparing and publishing technical and periodic reports related to combating obesity in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  4. Supporting the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control in establishing a comprehensive national database to combat obesity
  5. Representing the center in the committee’s field of competence in forums, meetings and international bodies after obtaining the necessary approvals

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