Health consciousness is growing in Kuwait
Contrary to common beliefs, the U.S. is not the country with the highest obesity rate and surprisingly, as it is reported by Euromonitor, Kuwait had a higher percentage of obesity than the U.S. Indeed, Kuwait has various health problems regarding obesity, hypertension, sleep apnea, cancer and heart diseases. In fact, close inspection reveals that Kuwaitis have a clear appetite for American fast-foods. They represent one of the only form of entertainments to them and are associated with going out in Gulf countries. These restaurants are like the place where to be seen. However, faced with such a situation, many people starting to realize that sport and dieting is also something important and how bad eating habits can eventually affect their health. The demand for healthier meals in the restaurant is rising and now it is commonplace to see ‘low fat’ or ‘fitness’ menus.
Educating people, especially children from a very young age, is something that is starting to be taken into account. Some private schools have even introduced the ‘healthy snack’ which consists in providing to every child at least one fruit or vegetable portion everyday. Also, Kuwaiti women are now trying to learn more about cooking healthier, some of them even attend courses dedicated to learn how to cook better and healthier.
In addition to adopting improved eating habits, Kuwaitis are really determined to do more sport and be more active. Zumba, CrossFit or Yoga courses are now available and becoming increasingly successful.