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While the world starves, the UAE gets fat
In a world full of trouble and strife, many people go desperately hungry. In the UAE we have another problem – we’re eating too much.
May 26, 2010 2:52 by shafeer
Student teachers in the UAE have joined forces in a fight against child obesity, reports the National.
After starting teacher training in Abu Dhabi schools, three Zayed University students were shocked to see children as young as five who were already overweight.
“I’ve seen children in kindergarten who suffer from obesity and some have diabetes,” Nahla al Sayed told the paper. “Children in the UAE are suffering from many diseases they shouldn’t be suffering from.”
She and her classmates have now teamed up to continue a project started in 2008 by some other Zayed University students, which aims to create children’s health books in both Arabic and English.
A few pages later, the paper reports on a World Food Program event that will attempt to raise funds to help starving children around the world. The 5 km walk on a route around Dubai Mall is part of the global “Walk the World” campaign, a 24-hour relay that begins in New Zealand and finishes in Samoa. Money raised will go towards impoverished school children in the world’s most deprived communities.
Kipp thinks that maybe school children in the UAE should be forced to take part – the exercise would do them good, apparently.
But we can’t quite figure out why the event will be taking place in the Dubai Mall – it is, after all, one of the largest monuments to consumption on the planet. Perhaps the organizers are being ironic.
But they can’t top the irony that just arrived in Kipp’s inbox: A press release from Mars entitled, “Mars opens a New Chocolate Bars Factory in the UAE.” Clearly, here is a company that knows where its market is.