Obesity a serious problem in UAE!


Published on : 08 Nov 2016

Having a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of stroke and heart diseases. As per the American Heart Association, thousands of people die each year from heart disease.

What are the benefits of having a healthy lifestyle?

  • Low-risk cancer:

Keep your body in a healthy weight reduces the risks of developing certain types of cancers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC: obesity is a risk factor for many types of cancers.

These include breast, colon, ovarian, gallbladder, uterus and prostate.

  • More energy

Healthy weight increases your overall energy level. According to the American Council on exercise, excess weight puts unnecessary pressure on the muscles and joints, tiring you more quickly.

When your body has a healthy body weight, the impact on your joints and muscles is lower, and the body is strengthened, resulting in high levels of energy.

The cost of obesity in the UAE

According to the latest available study by the World Health Organisation (WHO), 67 per cent of Emirati men and 72 per cent of Emirati women are overweight.

Around 39.9 per cent of UAE, women are obese, the seventh highest proportion in the world.

Among men, 25.6 percent were classified as obese, the ninth-highest figure. Official UAE health ministry figures are more conservative but still alarming.

In 2009, Elaine O’Connell, senior show manager for the Wellness & Spas Middle East exhibition, was quoted as saying that 60 per cent of Emiratis are overweight, with the expatriate community following on the same track.

Studies have also found that expatriate workers hailing from the subcontinent are far more likely to suffer from obesity after spending a period in the UAE, according to Dr Mark Newson-Smith, the chief medical compliance officer of Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC).

“When workers arrive into the UAE their obesity levels are far lower than after they have been here for a period,” he told delegates at the Global Health and the UAE: Asia-Middle East Connections’ conference at the UAE University in Al Ain in 2010.

Diabetes affects around 20 per cent of the population – the second-highest national prevalence in the world behind Nauru, an island nation in the South Pacific – and there will be 680,000 sufferers here by 2030. Treating the condition currently costs between 13 and 40 percent of the national health budget, depending on which estimate you come across.

 

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