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Obes Rev. 2009 Nov;10(6):589-92. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2009.00626.x. Epub 2009 Jul 28.

Prevalence of obesity in Thailand.

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  • 1Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand.


The prevalence of obesity in Thailand has been doubled in the past two decades. Data from three consecutive National Health examination surveys (NHES) have shown a secular trend, as the prevalence of obesity with body mass index > or =25 kg m(-2) in adults increased from 13.0% in men and 23.2% in women in 1991 to 18.6% and 29.5% in 1997 and 22.4% and 34.3% in 2004 respectively. Obesity prevalence in children, using weight for height criteria, increased from 5.8% in 1997 to 7.9% in 2001 for the 2-5-year-olds and from 5.8% to 6.7% for the 6-12-year-olds. The data also show disproportionate increases of obesity in the rural area, which indicates the problem no longer restricts to the higher socioeconomic group.

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