Redefining Health through Multidisciplinary Obesity Prevention and Treatment in the United Arab Emirates

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Maryam Alkhatry Hayder M. Hamadi Abdulwahid Alwahedi Zaki Al Muzaki Fathi Ahmed Bashar Almasri Fedaa Housen Mohammed Bataweel Eman Alabar Hisham eltayeb

Abstract

Obesity poses a multifaceted challenge in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), demanding a comprehensive review of its epidemiology, causes, prevention strategies, and challenges. This article explores the intricate web of factors contributing to obesity, emphasizing a multidisciplinary approach that engages nutritionists, exercise physiologists, behavioral therapists, and surgeons. The epidemiology reveals a concerning rise in obesity rates, necessitating targeted interventions. Demographic influences, cultural dynamics, dietary patterns, sedentary lifestyles, and genetic factors are dissected to provide a nuanced understanding. Health implications extend beyond body weight, impacting public health systems and imposing an economic burden.


Prevention strategies encompass childhood obesity initiatives, community-based interventions, workplace wellness programs, and government policies. Challenges in implementing these strategies include cultural perceptions of body image, access to healthcare services, socioeconomic disparities, and resistance to change. Cultural sensitivity emerges as a key theme, guiding interventions tailored to align with diverse cultural norms. Multidisciplinary care, leveraging technology, community engagement, and educational programs are explored as integral components of a holistic approach.


This review emphasizes the need for societal commitment, empowering communities and individuals, policy advocacy, and the pivotal role of healthcare professionals in the fight against obesity. Future perspectives call for sustained commitment, research investment, and the integration of technology to pave the way for a healthier UAE. This review also provides a roadmap for forging a healthier future, acknowledging the complexity of obesity, and offering insights into tailored, culturally sensitive interventions.

Keywords: Obesity, UAE, Multidisciplinary, Prevention, Culture, Healthcare, Epidemiology, Society

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ALKHATRY, Maryam et al. Redefining Health through Multidisciplinary Obesity Prevention and Treatment in the United Arab Emirates. Medical Research Archives, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, jan. 2024. ISSN 2375-1924. Available at: <https://esmed.org/MRA/mra/article/view/4934>. Date accessed: 03 mar. 2024. doi: https://doi.org/10.18103/mra.v12i1.4934.
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