UAE Taskforce to Work on Obesity Tackling Strategy

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 09 March 2022
UAE Taskforce to Work on Obesity Tackling Strategy
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The National UAE Taskforce on Obesity is working on a joint strategy to tackle obesity, especially in children.

The authority will focus healthy eating, weight management and physical activity in early childhood.

"Building a healthy society is our ultimate goal. This requires concerted efforts between individuals, policy-makers and legislation, government and private institutions, the media, food manufacturers and suppliers, and schools," said Dr. Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for the Public Health Sector at the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP).

"Obesity can also lead to stigmatization, bullying and poor socialisation, resulting in psychological difficulties such as depression and low self-esteem," he added.

The Taskforce is tasked with combating obesity in children from 5 to 17 years, according to the UAE government's directives, and based on the recommendations of the World Health Organisation (WHO).