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Food Security in the Middle East$
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Zahra Babar and Suzi Mirgani

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199361786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199361786.001.0001

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The Nutrition Transition And Obesity In Qatar

The Nutrition Transition And Obesity In Qatar

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Food Security in the Middle East

Tahra ElObeid

Abdelmonem Hassan

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyses Qatar’s dramatic nutrition transition, which has led to an increase in the prevalence of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among the different sectors of society. With Qatar’s economic boom, food imports increased and now account for more than 90 per cent of national food consumption. This dependence on imported food can be attributed both to the rising population due to immigration, and to the move from traditional diets to more Westernised meals. Unhealthy, high caloric fast-food is increasingly eaten, as urbanisation from a typically rural or nomadic lifestyle takes place. In order to address this public health crisis through focused policy efforts, ‘Qatar Vision 2030’ was developed as a national strategy for increasing public exercise and modifying diets.

Keywords:   Qatar, nutrition transition, obesity, non-communicable diseases, fast-food, Qatar Vision 2030

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