HEALTH CONCERNS: Obesity and Diabetes

The world’s richest nation suffers from first world problems: one study indicates half the country?s adults are obese and at least 17% suffer from diabetes. In America, often assumed to be the fattest, only 33% of adults are obese and 8% are diabetic. Diabetes is developing a decade younger than average, which is pushing up rates of illnesses like hypertension, partial paralysis, heart disease, and blindness. Experts predict by 2015 73% of Qatari women and 69% of Qatari men will be obese.

Why? Qatar is full of fast food chains. Outdoor activities aren?t encouraged. Qatar is hot: average summer highs are a humid 106 degrees Fahrenheit. An estimated 50% of the population does not engage in any regular physical activity. Qatar also holds to the traditional values of hospitality, where it is rude to refuse food when visiting friends or family.Because obesity and the diabetes epidemic are of such concern, great efforts are being made to educate children and test for diabetes at early ages.

Read Galatians 5:16-26 and Mohammed?s profileWe pray Qataris would make healthy choices for their bodies, both physically and spiritually. 

For a newsy video, click here, or click here for a personal treatment of the topic. 

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