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Obesity rates spark alert in Bahrain

Bahraini men are some of the fattest in the world, according to a new book. The Economist's Pocket World in Figures 2015 puts Bahrain fourth in the world for portly men, with 31 per cent of the adult male population reportedly

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New diet pill gets US approval

A new diet pill has got approval to be sold in the US, only the third obesity treatment in more than a decade to win approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Made by Orexigen Therapeutics, Contrave is a combination of the a

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Obesity and gastrointestinal diseases on the rise in UAE

Obesity has been recognised as a serious health issue in the UAE and the Middle East with recent statistics showing more than 66 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women are overweight or obese. The UAE ranks as the fifth fattest nation

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Obesity-linked diseases 'kill 20,000 a year in Saudi'

More than three million people in Saudi Arabia are obese and around 20,000 people die from obesity-related diseases annually, a report said citing studies. Saudi Sugar and Endocrinology Society in the Eastern Province has warned t

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Obesity declines in Qatar on shift to healthy lifestyle

The increase in health and fitness awareness has resulted in a decline of obesity as more and more residents of Qatar shift to a healthier lifestyle, according to a recent study.  

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Dubai Holding gives $1.3m for obesity research

Dubai Holding, a leading investment holding company, is set to fund Dh5 million ($1.3 million) towards Al Jalila Foundation’s obesity research in the UAE.   The foundation’s Obesity Research Fund aims

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Watching too much TV could kill you, warns study

Adults who watch three or more hours of television daily may be twice as likely to die prematurely than people who watch less, said a startling new study. The research in the Journal of the American Heart Association is the latest

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Oman plans $1.3bn healthcare spending

Oman has set aside $3.38 billion in its 2014 healthcare budget, more than double the $1.3 billion spent last year, in part to sharpen its focus on combating non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension and obesity, said a report.

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Centre offers new approach to tackle obesity

Bahrain-based Dream Body Centre (DBC), a 23-minute weight loss and fitness centre, is introducing a new approach to tackle the growing obesity issue in the kingdom. The new dance class named “Raqs23!”, which is the fir

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World's weighty problem: 2 billion obese

Obesity is imposing an increasingly heavy burden on the world's population in rich and poor nations alike, with almost 30 percent of people globally now either obese or overweight - a staggering 2.1 billion in all, researchers said.

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