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The Lack of Physical Exercise in Arab States

A. Fernandez
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First published by Antonio Guillem Fernandez, Alamy | 31 July 2015

Between obstacles and opportunities for exercise, most Arabs still do not get enough physical activity.

Obesity is a growing healthcare problem worldwide, and especially throughout the Middle East. The fast adoption of a Western lifestyle, among other factors, has led to reduced physical activity and an increase in the consumption of sugars and saturated fats.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that healthy adults should have at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week. According to recent studies, however, only 40% of men and 27% of women in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries reported being physically active for that amount of time. In Qatar, nearly half of 18- to 19-year-olds have insufficient levels of physical activity, and this rat.....

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