…A recent article in the Qatari newspaper Al Watan said that local health experts predicted that within five years, 73 percent of Qatari women and 69 percent of the men would qualify as obese.
“If you don’t eat, it’s considered a shame, and if you leave someone’s home without eating it’s a shame,” said Abdulla al-Naimi, 25, who refers to himself as “chubby” but is noticeably overweight. “Half of my family has diabetes,” Mr. Naimi said. “My mother has diabetes. Three cousins younger than me have diabetes. For me, I eat too much and I don’t exercise.”
1) obese is diff. than overweight. most americans are overweight. 30% are obese (BMI = 25-30 overweight, 30+ obese). if the stats are accurate i’m definitely thinking i’m pro-abaya.
2) the tradition of massive eating in many societies is problematic. especially in immigrant communities in developed nations it’s just maladaptive to show your hospitable nature by stuffing people with food. food is cheap, it doesn’t show how much you care about someone. giving them an iPad does. i invariably gain weight when i visit my family and i’m frankly sick of it and have told my mother that i’m not visiting for a while because i am sick and tired of working for a month to lose the weight i gain in a week.