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This is one list that gives residents of Qatar more reasons to be worried about than be proud of. A huge appetite for fast food and sugary eatables, along with lack of exercise and other lifestyle-related factors, has made Qatar the eighth fattest country in the world.
According to a new list on obesity, Qatar is one of six Mena countries - and four GCC states - that figure in the top 10 in the world.
In 2016, around 40% of adults in the world can be classified as overweight. Besides, in over a hundred countries around the globe, more than half of the adult population is overweight. In Qatar, too, obesity has emerged as a major health concern over the years. It is high time we take this as a warning and start bringing about changes in our lifestyle.
United Arab Emirates shares many of its causes and effects of obesity with Dubai. Oil wealth came to the country too quickly and with it came a western-style diet of fast food that the population wasn’t used to. In the US, obesity rates are way higher in men than women. In UAE, the opposite is true, with around six percent more females being obese than males in the country. Some people also point out historical reasons for obesity in countries like UAE. Historically, being fat could be seen as a sign of wealth or power in the Arab world. It could be the case that these ideas still prevail in some societies and that misinformation exists about the health risks of maintaining an obese body type.
4 – Egypt – 34.6%
It’s always worrying to see a country quickly climb a list of the fattest countries like this. While the obesity problem in countries like Egypt has been pretty widely talked about and documented for at least a few decades, Belize was not thought of as a nation with an obesity problem until recently. If you’re not familiar with Belize, it’s in Central America, just south of Mexico, and the official language of Belize is English. It is the only Central American country that makes this list. However, that doesn’t mean that obesity isn’t a problem in the area. We’ve already discussed Mexico, but Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago are also countries with serious obesity issues. Further south, obesity rates are also on the rise in the wealthier South American countries like Chile and Argentina.
2 – Saudi Arabia – 35.2%
Another country that has seen a shocking rise when it comes to its status among the fattest countries in the world is Saudi Arabia. Less than a decade ago, a study put together by Forbes found that Saudi Arabia barely cracked the top thirty fattest countries. Today, its obesity problem is the second worst in the world. Over a third of the women in Saudi Arabia are said to struggle from health issues or complications that are a direct result of weight issues. Some studies claim that the obesity problem in Saudi Arabia may be much worse than the number listed here, with numbers as high as 70% being published.
1 – Kuwait – 42.8%
Kuwait has become king of the fattest countries in the world in recent years. It is commonly said that their love for fast food has lead to the alarmingly high rates of obesity. 13% of the people in the entire world are said to be obese. Over three times this percentage are obese in Kuwait. The definition of overweight is a BMI of 25 or more, and the definition of obese is a DMI of 30 or more. The high consumption of fast food in Kuwait has lead to introduction of another American idea: stomach stapling. Kuwait is said to have the highest rates of stomach stapling of any country.
Story Source: gazettereview
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