QATAR: World’s Most Overweight Nation

QATAR (West Asia)

Population: 1.95 million

Fertility Rate: 6.9 children/woman (1970) vs. 2.3 children/woman (2010)

Life Expectancy: 66 years (1970) vs 78 years (2010)

Infant mortality: 6.81 deaths/1,000 live births

Male/Female Ratio: 3.29 males/ female

Major Religion: Islam

– Qatar is the obesity capital of the world. Some 70% of Qataris are overweight and 40% are obese. Obesity is closely associated with the risk of diabetes, and this is threatening to become a major health problem with about 20% of the population suffering from diabetes. In the Middle East, the country is the biggest healthcare spender.

– About 600,000 people (37% of the population) smoke cigarettes and shisha. Around 200 million cigarettes are smoked per day. For every shisha smoked, the smoker inhales some 802mg of tar as against 22.3mg in cigarette; 2.96mg nicotine (1.74mg in cigarette) and 145mg of carbon monoxide (17.3mg for cigarette).

– Around 200 million cigarettes are smoked per day in Qatar. In the 11 to 13-year-old age group, 10.7 % of boys and 2.8 %t of girls smoke cigarettes and some 15 % of both boys and girls smoke shisha.

– Qataris are outnumbered in their own country. Qatari nationals constitute only about 15 percent of the nation’s total population. It is a country that has been built by foreign workers.

– Men make up 76 per cent of the population and women only 24 per cent due to the presence of a large male expatriate workforce in the country.

– The country has one of the world’s highest divorce rates. The divorce rate in Qataris going up at an alarming rate with a record number of 1,087 couples divorcing in 2009, from 500 in 1997.

– Nearly half of all Qataris are married to their first or second cousins, a rate that remains high despite health campaigns warning of the risks of consanguineous marriages.

– Most Qatari households are relatively large compared with those in other countries of the region and high-income Western countries. Average household size according to the 2010 population census is 6.7 people per household (9.7 persons when domestic helpers are included). Some 74% of households have 5 or more members.

– In 2010, 81% of Qatari households had at least one child under age 15 and 57% had at least one youth.



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