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Prevalence of obesity in Turkey

Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey.
Obesity Reviews (Impact Factor: 7.86). 03/2005; 6(1):9-10. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2005.00172.x
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ABSTRACT Obesity and overweight are increasing in Turkey according to the field surveys that were carried out a decade apart (TEKHARF 1990 and 2000). The overall prevalence of obesity in adults was 18.6% in the year 1990. Ten years later in 2000, the prevalence was 21.9%, which shows a relative increase rate of 17.7%. As it is true for most of the countries, overweight is more common in men and obesity is more prevalent among women in Turkey.

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