The Prevalence of Obesity among Women of Reproductive Age in Lagos, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.04.02.Art031

Authors : Oriakhi Abel Toms


There is a fast emerging “silent killer” in town. It joins the ranks of malnutrition, malaria, hypertension, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, etc. It is obesity!

It has been defined as a condition of abnormal or excessive fat accumulation in adipose tissue, to the extent that health may be impaired.

It is a lifestyle disease characterized by excessive fat accumulation in the tissues. We are eating our way to the grave as obesity and its attendant public health impact stare at us on the face not sparing the developed or developing countries. This does not come as a surprise. Globally, the epidemic is growing. It is a substantial public-health crisis in the developed world, but the prevalence is increasing rapidly in numerous developing nations worldwide

Conservative estimates suggest that as many as 250 million people are obese and about two to three times this number are overweight


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