Prevalence and time trends in obesity among adult West African populations: a meta-analysis

Abdul-Razak Abubakari, W Lauder, C Agyemang, M Jones, A Kirk, R S Bhopal

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The objective of this study was to determine the distribution of and trends in obesity in adult West African populations. Between February and March 2007, a comprehensive literature search was conducted using four electronic databases. Journal hand searches, citations and bibliographic snowballing of relevant articles were also undertaken. To be included, studies had to be population-based, use well-defined criteria for measuring obesity, present data that allowed calculation of the prevalence of obesity and sample adult participants. Studies retrieved were critically appraised. Meta-analysis was performed using the DerSimonian-Laird random effect model.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-311
Number of pages15
JournalObesity Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008



  • obesity
  • West Africa

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