Unexpectedly high rates of obesity and dysglycemia among villagers in Cameroon

Nicola Napoli, Giovanni Mottini, Michele Arigliani, Antonio Creta, Renato Giua, Antonino Incammisa, Simone Carotti, François Sihom, Isaac Yimagou, Richard Alombah, Jean Claude Mbanya, Paolo Pozzilli

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Our survey in Cameroon recorded obesity and dysglycemia in inhabitants, which are similar to those reported elsewhere in the region. Typically these metabolic disturbances are attributed to the adoption of a new urban lifestyle including diminished physical activity and an altered ('Western') diet. Unexpectedly we found that, like urban populations, our rural population had high rates of metabolic disturbances, despite living in villages and being physically active and consuming traditional diet that is high in plant sources of food and low in meat. From our preliminary study, we raise the possibility that the environmental elements that are driving the pandemic of obesity and diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa are far more complex than heretofore appreciated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-12
Number of pages3
JournalDiabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Internal Medicine


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