Prevalence of obesity in Israel

Authors

  • D. Nitzan Kaluski,

    1. Food & Nutrition Administration, Ministry of Health, Israel and Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel;
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  • E. M. Berry

    1. Department of Human Nutrition and Metabolism, Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel
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EM Berry, Department of Human Nutrition and Metabolism, Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel. E-mail: berry@md.huji.ac.il

Summary

Israel is a multiethnic society and offers an ongoing ‘experiment’ concerning the cultural determinants of obesity. The First Israeli National Health and Nutrition Survey 1999–2001 (MABAT) measured a representative population of 2782 adults (49% men) aged 25–64 years (mean 43 years); it showed a prevalence of overweight in 39.3% and obesity in 22.9%. Overweight is more common in men and obesity is more prevalent in women; the Israeli Arab population is more obese than the Jewish one.

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