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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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Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. rawap@mahidol.ac.th

Abstract

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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