Shawn Baldwin for The New York Times Qataris eating fast food in Doha. According to the International Association for the Study of Obesity, Qatar ranks sixth globally for prevalence of obesity. By MICHAEL SLACKMAN Published: April 26, 2010

According to an article in the NY Times, Qatar is the 6th most obese country in the world!

She said her family was typical. Of seven children, five had weight problems. One brother hit 265 pounds by the time he was 19. A younger brother, who is 10, weighs 125 pounds and is gaining weight so fast that he no longer fits in pants she gave him two months ago.

She said the typical Qatari student skipped breakfast, then ate a snack and lunch at school. When students return home they are given another lunch, generally a heavy meal of rice and lamb. Later, they snack on cake and tea. And then at night they eat dinner, often fast food that is delivered.

“I eat lunch, then I go visit a friend; I am so full, but they put a table in front of you and keep bringing food,” she said. “I cannot eat, but it’s an insult.”

Another more challenging problem, is attitude, said Nelda Nader, a dietician here. “For the majority,” she said, “it is really quite normal to be obese.



Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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