Obesity higher among Qatari teenagers (59.9%) as compared to non-Qatari counterparts
More than half of Qatari adolescents are obese. About 59.9% of nationals, aged 14-20 years, were found to be obese, as compared to 40.1% of obese non-Qataris, according to a study conducted by three student groups from the Human Nutrition Programme at Qatar University in collaboration with the Supreme Council of Health (SCH) on a series of related studies. The waist-hip ratio, a measurement of obesity that determines a person’s risk of developing serious health conditions, was much higher among females than males, the study revealed.
Sedentary lifestyle and consumption of fatty foods were attributed to be the leading causes of obesity, the former being more prevalent among Qatari adolescents as compared to non-Qataris. Meanwhile, non-Qatari males were shown to have a higher consumption of fruit, vegetable and milk was higher among non-Qatari males, The Peninsula has reported.
In an earlier report by JustHere, Dr Mahmoud Ali Zirie, a Senior Consultant for Internal Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology at Hamad Medical Corporation said that the sedentary lifestyle is linked to a person’s economic stature. “Obesity is generally found among wealthy people. If you are wealthy, you have cars, computers, TV and other gadgets that force you to lead a more sedentary lifestyle.”
To counter the rising incidence of obesity among youth, in December last year, health authorities in Qatar struck a deal with a UK weight management firm to run weight loss camps for children.
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