Sunday, April 15, 2012

Qatar: Richest nation is global obesity capital

DUBAI: With over half of its population overweight, the world's wealthiest country Qatar is the obesity capital of the world.

The energy-rich Gulf country, was ranked by Forbes this year as the world's wealthiest country. However, it has seen an increase in obesity related health problems, the UK's Daily Mail said.

Half of all adults in the state are classed as obese and 17% are suffering from diabetes , making it the most overweight country in the world.

Low levels of exercise and a growing popularity of fast food outlets has led to concern among local health activists. "It's a very, very serious problem facing future of Qatar," Sharoud Al-Jundi Matthis, programme manager at Qatar Diabetes Association, said.

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