Obesity and herbal products



Obesity is a social problem with established links to adverse health outcomes, such as  hypertension, hyperlipidia and insulin resistance. As reported by World Health Organization, at least 2.8 million adults die annually because of being overweight or obese. Thus,health organizations are giving significant attention to this problem. Recent studies have revealed that the number of overweight and obese people in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) have dramatically increased over the past few decades: 42.4% of males and 31.8% of females are overweight, whereas 26.4% and 44.0%, respectively, are obese. Although a balanced diet and exercise are the recommended methods for controlling body weight, people often turn to herbal products to prevent diseases, such as cardiovascular and musculoskeletal ailments, and to promote health and well-being, for example stress reduction and weight loss. nowadays a trend where the consumption of herbal products is on the increase is evident in both developing and developed countries. Rates outlines alternative medicines and drugs marketed as neutral compounds. However, this does not mean that they are free from side effects. Some may even be contaminated with metals, or adulterated with synthetic drugs, thereby placing consumers at risk……..Read More


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