Forklift helps 1,300-pound Saudi man get to hospital for obesity treatment
I've read obesity rates in Saudia Arabia and Dubai too are skyrocketing. Why have obesity rates since 1990 increased 100% in the Middle East? Modern food companies and fast food restaurants moving there?
Dubai is so desperate to fight their obesity crisis they have offered gold for weight loss!
"Dubai Promises Gold Award To Fight Against Obesity DUBAI, Aug 19 (Bernama) -- The Dubai government has launched a "lose weight - win gold" campaign to fight overweight and obesity, which has reached epidemic levels in the emirate, Xinhua news agency reported, citing local media report on Sunday.
Dubbed "Your Weight in Gold", the initiative was announced by Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, late July with the aim of promoting healthy living in the state city.
"The winners will get 2g of gold if they lose at least 2kg of weight," Lootah promised.
In addition, the three participants who lose the most weight may get a gold coin equivalent to 20,000 Dirham (US$5,454) through a lucky draw. Hundreds of residents have flocked to sign up for the challenge.
According to a study conducted by the United Arab Emirates' Ministry of Health, almost 19 per cent of males and 12 per cent of females in the kingdom are overweight, while about 21.5 and 19.5 per cent of males and females, respectively are found to be obese.
Obesity is a general problem in oil-rich Gulf States where people increasingly depend on fast-food diets.