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In the recent few years, however, another health complication has gained increased attention from medical practitioners and the general public alike. The increased presence of junk food in stores and an ever increasing automation of tasks have merged to create one of the worst health conditions of any individual, obesity. Obesity affects nearly any nation on the planet. Even the healthiest countries such as Australia have cases of obese individuals in the population. Like the US, Qatar is significantly affected by obesity. Unfortunately for Qatar, it is the country suffering the most from obesity issues. This paper will be looking into obesity in Qatar in relation to the factors that have led to the rising cases of the health condition.
It is no doubt Qatar is the richest nation on the planet. Unfortunately, the country is also among the fattest as 17 percent people suffer from obesity (Al-Shammari and Ali Monahi 1). Half of all the adult population actually, suffer from obesity. For a long time, people have had the misconception that America is the fattest nation on the planet. Compared to Qatar, American is quite slim as only a third of its population are obese and only 8 percent of the total population suffering from obesity. Out of the total population of 1.7 million, about 250,000 are native Qataris. In the space of two generations, these natives have switched from a traditional subsistence way of life to an affluent one that is supplied with countless of servants. Qatar, like other GCC countries, is heavily endowed with the most important natural resource, oil. The fact that Qatar has so many resources has led to the country becoming very wealthy over the past few decades and presenting natives with a life they would never have dreamt of.
Obesity is a medical disorder where the body has excessive body fat that has accumulated to an extent that it posed significant health risks to the individual. Obesity can lead to a reduced live expectancy and
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The BMI is a measure of the ratio of weight to height. According to the World Health Organization (WHO); a BMI of 25 kilograms per meter indicates being overweight, whereas one above 30 kilograms per meter indicates obesity. The people whose BMI range falls between 25 and 30 are considered pre-obese.
Even though salads may sound healthy, a Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken from McDonald's has 320 calories and 90 grams of fat which is still considerably un-healthy due to the high calorie content. Additionally other products that have high caloric content or can’t be considered as part of a healthy food intake are still on the menus of these fast food restaurants.
(BBC News, 2007)
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The book further discusses the ways transformation has impacted the economic, political, and social status of the people of Qatar.
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According to the World Health Organization, the country ranks among the top countries spending on health per person. The increased expenditure has seen a phenomenal decrease in both mortality rate and morbidity rate over time. The county has about 250000 natives who have all benefited from the country's oil wealth.
their body mass index (BMI), which is a measurement acquired through the division of the weight of an individual by the square of the individual’s weight, exceeds 30kg per meter squared, with the range 25-30kg per meter squared regarded as overweight (Friedman 633).
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