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In 2000, for the first time in human history, the number of people in the world who were obese rose above the number of people suffering from hunger. Currently about 824 million people suffer from chronic hunger while 1.6 billion are overweight. (Swaziland, for example, is experiencing chronic food shortages, 55% of Swazi women are overweight or obese.)1

In northern Africa, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is particularly high among women: 51% percent of women are overweight. Women’s obesity rates of 23 percent in Tunisia and 18 percent in Morocco represent a three-fold increase in 20 years.2

In the region of Sousse, Tunisia, the current prevalence of overweight and obesity is respectively 23.7% and 5.1% among girls, and 21.1% and 7% among boys3.

1. International Obesity Taskforce, www.iotf.org
2. International Diabetes Federation Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition 2012 update
3. Gaha R, Ghannem H, Harrabi I, Ben Abdelaziz A, Lazreg F, Hadj Fredj A. Etude de la surcharge pondérale et de l’obésité dans une population scolarisées en milieu urbain à Sousse en Tunisie. Arch Pédiatr 2002 ;9 :566-71.


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Mean diabetes-related expenditure per person with diabetes (3): 
419,00 USD

(1): CIA factbook
(2): WHO 2008
(3): IDF Diabetes Atlas, 5th edition annual update, 2012

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