In Doha, beards and neck scarves camouflage double chins. Abayas and thobes hide protruding bellies, wobbly arms and wide back ends. A niqabat wears tight clothes under her robe to remind herself not to overeat.
mafee mushkilla - no problem! Weight reduction surgeries are free for Qataris at government funded Hamad Medical Center. And card toting expats (like Bob and me) pay only 5,000 Qatari Riyal (approximately $1,400 USD).
Hamad performs 70-100 weight reduction surgeries each month, 85 percent of those on Qatari women. There are 2000 people on waiting lists lasting 6 months to 1 year. The youngest patient at HMC was a 13-year old boy who lost nearly 60kg (132 pounds): "he had become obese only because his parents gave him too much to eat." (The Peninsula.)
- 30 percent of the Qatari population is overweight
- 28 percent of Qatari children are overweight
- 50 percent of Qatari boys between 12-17 years old have BMI* between 22 and 36
- 20.2 percent of the overall adult population suffers from diabetes
- 4th highest rate of diabetes in the world
- 2nd highest rate of diabetes in the GCC
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