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Abu Dhabi Continues its Effort to Tackle Obesity
18 April 2018

Abu Dhabi – April 18, 2018: After recently introducing a 50% tariff on sugary drinks as part of the Emirates efforts to combat the prevalence of obesity, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health has announced its participation in the Gulf Obesity Summit and Regional Congress 2018 taking place at Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company from April 18 to April 19 in 2018.

International experts join together to discuss a new roadmap that will focus on hitting UN targets on ensuring obesity levels don't exceed 2010.

Dr Farida Al Hosani, director of communicable diseases at the Abu Dhabi Department of Health (DoH) said: “Stemming from its belief “prevention is better than cure”, the Abu Dhabi Department of Health continues its efforts to prevent obesity in the first place through collective efforts of the individuals, public and private organizations, media, food manufactures, and policy makers.”

Al Hosani added “Today we move further as we set the Emirate’s standard on how to tackle obesity that focuses in providing integrated continuum of care treatment to those that have reached the obesity level. This will not only reduce the burden of a disease like diabetes in the UAE but will also relieve pressure on the UAE health system.”


According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in 2017, 17.3% of the UAE population between the ages of 20 and 79 have type 2 diabetes.

The summit brings together experts from around the world to highlight the impact of childhood obesity, the importance of proper training in the medical sector, as well as the need for governments across the region to ensure that big food and big sugar act responsibly and play their part in helping consumers make healthy choices.

“Obesity is spreading like wildfire across the world and Abu Dhabi and the Gulf region have proven to be particularly susceptible”, said Ian Caterson, President of the World Obesity Federation. “by implementing a comprehensive obesity prevention and management plan, combatting obesity stigma, making healthy nutritious food available and providing safe spaces to exercise, we can stop the epidemic from spiralling out of control.”

The global will to act is greater now than it has ever been and Abu Dhabi prioritisation sends a message to the world. Abu Dhabi has the resources and commitment to communicate the complex factors that lead to obesity and tackling the common misperceptions that obesity is a lifestyle choice.

Note to the Editor:
World Obesity Federation represents professional members of the scientific, medical and research communities from over 50 regional and national obesity associations. Through our membership we create a global community of organisations dedicated to solving the problems of obesity.


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