Sunday, March 29, 2015

Obesity And Diabetes Rates In The Gulf- A Cause of Great Concern


A stunning video where single minded devotion, and perseverance changed this young lady, from being obese to a healthy weight person. You can find the transformation of this amazing woman in this video. Just watch it, and you will be glad you did.

Obesity rates in the Gulf

I read about the weight issues, to be exact- the mounting obesity rates in the Middle East on CNN. It concerned me a lot, because I live here too. The report reads that diabetes rates are staggering in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and UAE.

The CNN report says that, according to the International Diabetes Foundation 37 million people are suffering from diabetes in the Middle East and North Africa. The irony is that 50% of the cases are undiagnosed. And they believe that the cases could double in the next twenty years.

Lifestyle in the gulf

According to my observations the climate is hot, and so, many people stay indoors.  But November to April sees the climate more pleasant and enjoyable. I hope we can put a good use of this climate to enhance our health purposes.

The food choices vary because, the Gulf region, especially the UAE is a melting point of cultures. Generally speaking, there is a luxurious lifestyle mindset, and on most occasions the food is heavy and sumptuous. 

I had a friend who used to make fun of my kids. She would say being in the Gulf the kids should be fat, and then only when you visit India, people will think you have come from abroad, and you are quite prosperous. No wonder both her kids are overweight. How hard I tried, I just could not change her mindset. I just felt sorry for her.

Lately, the afternoon tea custom has taken Dubai by storm. The local magazines, give us the juicy details about this custom. But I am a bit concerned because, along with your tea some famous restaurants serve baked goods and sugary additions. Thinking about the health aspect of it, along with the ticking time bomb that is obesity, my prayer is that, people should become more health conscious.

Talking about the lifestyle of kids in this part of the region, playing is not considered essential at all. The kids are always busy with school work, homework and extra classes

It would be more beneficial if an active sporting lifestyle becomes an everyday norm. While I am writing this my kids built their own version of the indoor basketball net. I hope a little creativity can help us become healthy.

To end on a positive note, having a dream, dedication, perseverance, and a strong will to succeed, will help us, to be the best that we can be.

Take care,

Swarnam