EDITORIAL – Sultan Al Temyatt, MD Editor in Chief Minimal Invasive & Bariatric Surgery Consultant

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,,Obesity has long been viewed as an individual problem, treated primarily by individual or family-based medical and/ or surgical.

The expansion of the obesity epidemic to affect diverse age groups, socioeconomic strata, in the Arab Gulf (GCC) need urgent attention from the health care providers toward preventive strategies that can reach whole communities and populations, as well as a sense of urgency in mounting these strategies.

The existing evidence on the burden of obesity sufficient to warrant action and the evidence on the determinants of obesity is informative on what to do. The priority target groups are mainly children, adolescents, and high-risk adults and schools are the favored setting, although multiple settings are preferable. The strategies (how) also need to be multi-pronged with communications, programs, and policies being the main approaches. The evidence on effective interventions is quite limited although it is growing rapidly in the past 10 years where

Thousands of Bariatric Surgery procedure has been performed annually in these countries. It is extremely important to give people with obesity access to needed, effective and safe therapeutic tools to help them lose and manage their weight, including counseling from trained health care professionals and -approved pharmaceutical therapies.

These tools, along with diet, exercise, and, in certain circumstances, surgery can help
to form a comprehensive obesity treatment approach. “As a doctor, I’ve seen obesity’s effect on a person’s physical and mental wellness, we must work together to make effective treatment of obesity a priority.

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