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The UAE has a growing obesity problem. Are you changing your lifestyle?

The UAE has a growing obesity problem. Are you changing your lifestyle?

The results are in.

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December 6, 2009 2:24 by



But not everyone is able to stick to strict routines; 33 percent of the respondents to our poll said that they had changed their lifestyles, but it was still not to the extent required. A further 19 percent said that they are too busy and have no time to exercise.

Health officials in the country are trying to educate residents about the problems of obesity including diabetes, heart diseases and respiratory problems. Increasing obesity levels are also leading to infertility in women in Dubai, Sonia Chaudhary, a gynecologist at the Jebel Ali Hospital told 7DAYS recently.  “Fertility treatments do not work as well in obese women because they are not absorbed as effectively into the body,” the report quotes her as saying.

Meanwhile, private organizations like VLCC are also trying to spread awareness about the issue. The company recently launched a massive Anti-Obesity Campaign, which runs across the region till December 18, which includes several public awareness activities like forums and a 10km long cycle-a-thon.

The least number of our respondents however said that they have no need to make any changes to their lifestyles, because they are already too thin.



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