GCC nations grapple with obesity

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KUWAIT CITY, March 18: A recent report highlights overweight and obesity as the foremost health concerns in Gulf countries, amidst a backdrop of robust economic growth and sedentary lifestyles, reports Al-Qabas daily. Over the past few decades, the Gulf region has witnessed a surge in obesity rates attributed to sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy dietary patterns, and the proliferation of fast food culture. The World Health Organization ranks Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, among the highest globally in terms of obesity prevalence and associated ailments. According to a study conducted by iMark Research Company, the weight loss market in the Gulf soared to approximately $5 billion in 2023, with projections indicating a value exceeding $10 billion by 2032, representing an 8% annual growth rate.

The report underscores the significance of weight loss interventions in improving health outcomes, such as reducing the risk of obesity-related diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. It emphasizes that weight loss regimens, including dietary modifications, exercise, and lifestyle changes, are pivotal for enhancing overall health and athletic performance. The region’s modernization, economic development, and reliance on car transportation have exacerbated lifestyle changes conducive to obesity. However, there is a growing awareness of the health risks posed by obesity, prompting an increasing focus on healthy living and preventive healthcare initiatives. With rising healthcare costs and heightened awareness of preventive measures, residents in the Gulf region are increasingly seeking solutions to manage their weight. This has spurred a surge in demand for weight loss products, services, and programs aimed at achieving and sustaining healthy weight goals.

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