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    Kuwait City, Kuwait (CNN) -- Thanks to its large reserves of oil, the small Gulf state of Kuwait has transformed over the decades from a humble pearl-farming backwater into one of the world's richest countries per capita.

    But too much of a good thing, as many of Kuwait's 2.6 million inhabitants are discovering, can be problematic.

    In recent years, Kuwaiti waistlines have swollen to make them among the most obese people on the planet. Nearly 70% of Kuwaiti males over 15 are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization. For women, the figures are even worse -- slightly over 80%.

    Researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine recently placed Kuwait second only to the United States on a league table ranking countries by the amount of food they consumed per capita to sustain being overweight.
    Kuwaitis: The world's fattest people?

    The country's weight gain has led to an unprecedented rise in obesity-related health problems, including heart disease and diabetes. It's a phenomenon being reported in other Gulf countries -- several of Kuwait's neighbors also appear in the top 10, with Qatar coming in 4th, the United Arab Emirates 6th, and Bahrain 10th on the table.

    Many attribute the weight problem to rapid changes in lifestyle propelled by oil revenues that have transformed Kuwait into prosperous modern consumer society.

    "I think it started with Kuwait being a rich country," said fitness expert Yousef AlQanai, who was overweight himself until getting in shape eight years ago. "We have a lot of oil, so this transcends to how we live our lifestyles. It made our lives much easier. We don't have to work in order to survive."

    Chief among these changes has been the introduction of fast food. American fast food outlets arrived with the U.S. troops during the first Gulf War, becoming a permanent fixture on the country's culinary landscape. Some have tailored their menus to cater to bigger appetites in the region, such as a best-selling Pizza Hut dish that features a cheese pizza with a cheeseburger crust.
    We have a lot of oil, so this transcends to how we live our lifestyles ... we don't have to work in order to survive
    Yousef AlQanai, Kuwaiti fitness expert

    Rania Al Mutawa, a 36-year-old Kuwaiti woman who is training for a 10-kilometer race being organized alongside Kuwait's first marathon, said the love affair with fast food was leading many in her country to pile on the pounds. Many lacked awareness of the health consequences of eating fast food regularly.

    "People in Kuwait consider McDonalds and Burger King as full meal restaurants -- and not junk food," she said. "The average Kuwaiti does not know what goes into that type of food. It's just like a home-cooked meal."

    The popularity of fast food over the past decade has been "unprecedented," she said. And for the generation of children growing up eating it regularly, the consequences would be severe. "(The mentality is) it's OK to bring the kids. It's OK to have it two or three times a week," she said.

    AlQanai agrees. "Some kids grow up not knowing that this is not good for them."

    McDonalds, which opened its first outlet in Kuwait in 1994, now has 65 restaurants across the country. Spokesman Steve Mazeika said McDonald's was "just one choice in the eating-out market" and offered "a wide array of choices for consumers."

    "We trust them to choose menu items that are right for their lifestyles," he said.

    But there are other factors contributing to Kuwait's weight problem. The country's harsh climate -- in which daytime temperatures can reach over 50 C, or 122 F -- makes it difficult to undertake physical activity during the day, encouraging a sedentary lifestyle and car culture.

    "It doesn't encourage people to go out and walk or exercise," said Bader Al Failakawi, a 37-year-old father who is also training for the race as part of a concerted effort to get in shape.

    He said Kuwaiti culture also placed strong emphasis on eating at communal gatherings -- with little value placed on moderation. "If you eat less, it means you didn't like it and whoever invited you is not a good host," he said.
    People in Kuwait consider McDonalds and Burger King as full meal restaurants -- and not junk food
    Rania Al Mutawa, Kuwaiti fitness enthusiast

    But while some are embracing a new fitness culture of marathons and gym membership, others are turning to more drastic measures. Stomach stapling procedures are becoming increasingly popular in Kuwait, with enough demand to prompt the country's first conference for medical professionals involved in weight loss surgery last year.

    According to a report in Businessweek, the number of bariatric surgeons in Kuwait has increased tenfold over the past decade, with at least 5,000 patients receiving the procedure in Kuwait last year -- compared with 3,000 in Canada, which has more than 30 times the population. The report added that the legal barriers to surgery in Kuwait are lower than in the United States.

    But for AlQanai, the only lasting solution to obesity comes not from the shortcut of surgery, but hard work in the gym.

    "Day by day, minute by minute, you have to work on it. You have to sacrifice things sometimes," he said. "It does take a lot of work."

    But "once they get there," he said, "it becomes easier and easier. Then what actually makes them happier is going out for a run."
    Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children...

    -Quran (57:20)

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    Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

    not surprised...very extreme though, should encourage exercise and healthy eating
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      I actually do feel for people in this side of the world - many parents genuinely do not know what healthy eating is.

      In a school in Egypt, I implemented a health eating rule. I told parents that I would confiscate unhealthy food (which is the norm in schools in the UK). When I started doing that, I was accused of taking food away from children. I also got into numerous debates with parents over healthy food - one parent was adamant that the Mcdonalds eggs macmuffic was healthy cos it had an egg in it!

      It's the same case here in the UAE, and lack of education, coupled with the extreme heat means that people do not walk anywhere - children most certainly do not walk to school, nor do they run around in the playground. It is only possible to be 'outside' for around 2-3 months in the year. (Nov-Feb).

      And even during those 2-3 months, most people don't walk cos the local schools or supermarkets are not at walking distance. To get some excercise/or healthy eating here, means really going out of your way - and most people don't cos they genuinly don't understand the importance of it
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        Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

        Originally posted by LondonGal View Post
        I actually do feel for people in this side of the world - many parents genuinely do not know what healthy eating is.

        In a school in Egypt, I implemented a health eating rule. I told parents that I would confiscate unhealthy food (which is the norm in schools in the UK). When I started doing that, I was accused of taking food away from children. I also got into numerous debates with parents over healthy food - one parent was adamant that the Mcdonalds eggs macmuffic was healthy cos it had an egg in it!

        It's the same case here in the UAE, and lack of education, coupled with the extreme heat means that people do not walk anywhere - children most certainly do not walk to school, nor do they run around in the playground. It is only possible to be 'outside' for around 2-3 months in the year. (Nov-Feb).

        And even during those 2-3 months, most people don't walk cos the local schools or supermarkets are not at walking distance. To get some excercise/or healthy eating here, means really going out of your way - and most people don't cos they genuinly don't understand the importance of it
        Great points.

        The food package industry is killing us which explains the rise in dementia, MS, diabetes, depression just to name a few. All of these disease start in the brain where the enormous intake of carbohydrates triggers the insulin making properties which then create the storage of fat which then triggers a whole raft of other problems.

        Package food is loaded with carbohydrates - and carbohydrates are addictive - they keep you on a high which can only be sustained by eating more carbohydrates. Food is now a drug.

        Get away from package food.

        One of the things attractive to me in Islam is the cleanliness and food habits. But Muslims are now just as dependent of carbo 'highs' as any anyone else.

        Start eating greens - lots of them and cut out bread (alcohol is nothing more than wet bread) and breakfast cerials and pasta and grains. Go back to the paleolithic hunter and gather practices in your local supermarket. Stay away from anything in a package - its supa loaded with carbs.
        Free-will if good for him who is master of himself (Rumi)

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          Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

          stomach staple? how about moving that fat butt around the block.
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            Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

            Originally posted by samin62 View Post
            stomach staple? how about moving that fat butt around the block.
            May Allah ta'ala save us from Israaf, from excessive luxuries, excessive food consumption and from squandering our wealth.

            ameen,

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              Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

              Ameen.

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                Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

                Originally posted by wayseer View Post
                Stay away from anything in a package - its supa loaded with carbs.
                but they taste so good, lol. whoever exercises regularly should not have any issues with carbs, long as they eat healthy stuff too.

                Swimmer Michael Phelps' Diet Plan: Eat Everything http://www.zimbio.com/Olympic+Swimmi...Eat+Everything
                Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children...

                -Quran (57:20)

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                  Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

                  Step away from the carbs. The fat will fall off itself.
                  You are not aware of the consequences that would result (if you were granted what you desire) because what you seek might be to your detriment. (O soul) be conscious that your Master is more aware about your well-being than you are.

                  ~Ibn Al-Jawzee

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                    Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

                    The art and science of good and enjoyable food eating is closely associated with civilisations which have allowed their people free development and expression of their inner resources- intellectual,physical,economic etc.Americans with their junk,tasty but unhealthy foods such as Kentucky and Mc Donald are "colonising "suppressed people in the Arab world with their industrial brands but will not find it so easy to penetrate Chinese cuisine in South East Asia or Moghul gastronomy in the Indian sub continent.(Chicken Tikka has already conquered the British market).

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                      Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

                      At the end of the day, you're still the one responsible for your body and health. Read and educate yourself.

                      It's unfortunate that there is a problem with the food industry but the individual still has to take full responsibility for his/her own diet.

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                        Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

                        Originally posted by deen1984 View Post
                        but they taste so good, lol. whoever exercises regularly should not have any issues with carbs, long as they eat healthy stuff too.
                        Yes they are yummy because they are suercharged with sugars and salts.

                        Exercise is overblown. One does not need to run huffing and puffing around the block if they cut out eating package food.

                        Swimmer Michael Phelps' Diet Plan: Eat Everything http://www.zimbio.com/Olympic+Swimmi...Eat+Everything
                        Forget what elite athletics are eating.

                        As Ebony rightly observes - stay away from carbs and the fat will fall off.
                        Free-will if good for him who is master of himself (Rumi)

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                          Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

                          ok I am wondering if they are measuring obese and overweight differently in kuwait than the uk as when i was there the brothers and sisters looked nowhere near as fat as the uk people who are down the league from them.
                          Abu Saalehah

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                            Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

                            Saddam HUsain may Allah have mercy on him was trying to sort this problem out, but fat ar$e americans were having none of it.

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                              Re: Fast-food-loving Kuwaitis fight fat with stomach stapling

                              Originally posted by kashif79 View Post
                              Saddam HUsain may Allah have mercy on him was trying to sort this problem out, but fat ar$e americans were having none of it.
                              heh what?
                              "They are Shuhadaa (witnesses) to the fact that this Deen is greater than life, that values are more important than blood and that principles are more precious than souls" - Sheikh 'Abdullah Azzam

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