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Posted On: 8 April 2010 03:05 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:10 pm

Qatar marks World Health Day

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Qatar joined the world in celebrating the World Health Day (WHD) yesterday, focusing on urbanisation and health under the slogan “1,000 cities 1,000 lives”. With eight out of ten people in Qatar being overweight or obese, urbanisation is having a heavy impact on the people here, according to experts “Qatar’s Constitution emphasises the need for the protection and natural balance of the environment on the way to achieve overall sustained development for all generations,” said Minister of Public Health and Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Health H E Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani, in his WHD message. “The WHD theme sends a basic message which places health as a top priority issue when it comes to policies, especially with urban growth exposing the population to dangers stemming from the poor quality of life, weak health coverage, poor infrastructure, contamination of drinking water and the exposure to disasters with the consequent risk of disease and injuries leading to death. Qatar has been successful in balancing the various needs of society and the requirements of preserving the environment, through more public awareness and appropriate legislations. The SCH is saving no effort in its drive to activate all programmes needed for enhancing health and calling for changes of unhealthy habits and behaviours. This is in addition to the developing of public understanding to the right healthy choices while keeping the issue of health at the heart of our urbanisation policies.” In tune with this policy of Qatar, Aspire Active (AA), one of the foremost lifestyle and fitness institutions in the region, has been venting out its tailor–made programmes for the people here. With unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and chronic diseases curbing the socio-economic growth, AA’s programmes aims to cultivate the “right” habits among the people in Qatar. “Data from World Health Organisation demonstrate that 31 percentage of female population in Qatar are currently over weight or obese,” said Dr Leonieke Richardson, Acting Head of AA. “National data indicates that the prevalence of obesity in Qatar is increasing in children and adults. Reversing these trends requires changes in individual behaviour and elimination of social barriers to healthy lifestyle choices. Basic treatment of overweight and obese individuals requires a comprehensive approach involving diet and nutrition, regular exercises and behavioural change with an emphasis on long term weight management.” The study reveals that in ten years, the obesity will increase by four percent in females and three percent in males.