Sunday, April 14, 2013

Moroccan Health News


Research from the National Survey on Anthropometry (ENA) reports that some 10.3 million Moroccans adults (63.1% of whom are women) are obese or suffering from pre-obesity.

In the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, severe obesity increased by 7.3% per annum says the survey and noted that the incidence of overweight increased  from 27% to 32.9%. The same trend is found among both men (from 29.9% to 34.7%) and among women (29.9% to 34.7%). In addition, the number of adults in pre-obesity rose in 10 years from 4.5 million to 6.7 million, the survey said.

Concerning the relationship between health and nutrition of adults and lifestyle, the survey results state that the index of obesity worsens with age and inactivity, noting that the index of overweight or 'morbid obesity' rises from 5.2% among adults aged 20-24 years and 25.7% among the age group of 45-59 years, a trend both among men than among women.


Morocco has more than 100,000 Alzheimer's patients. Yet there is not yet a single centre specialising in the care of the sick. During the conference "Youth today old tomorrow", participants sounded the alarm and discussed the most effective ways to slow the damage caused by this neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure at present.

In Morocco, "there are no official figures," said Mohammed Oaadi , President of the Moroccan Association of Alzheimer and related diseases "(Amama), founded in 2011. Estimates for the kingdom are based on data from the "Alzheimer's Disease International" (ADI).

In a recent report, the Ministry of Health has provided a strategy focusing on training of medical specialists, the establishment of appropriate structures to support patients and help families.

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