The Challenge of Obesity in the Middle East

Moving toward a Strategy for Effective Public Health Policy and Interventions

November 3–4, 2018
Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery–Dubai

In this two-day, hands-on workshop, policy and public health leaders from across the Middle East, will come together to share the successes and the challenges of their programs for a regional solution and engage with international experts to explore how recent advances in the understanding of obesity can be applied to further shape and strengthen their anti-obesity efforts. The workshop will include symposia and small group workshop sessions.

Global Obesity Trends

Why the Middle East?

  • Chronic disease epidemic
  • Increased government awareness
  • Resource-rich environment
  • Autocracy; easier to implement change
  • Government willingness to collaborate
  • Dynamic sociopolitical climate; dramatic cross-sector infrastructure changes
  • Smaller more homogenous populations; easier to measure effects