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Kuwaiti’s love affairs with fast food has become a health disaster for Kuwait

Kuwait’s love affair with fast food

Thanks to its large reserves of oil, the small Gulf state of Kuwait has transformed over the decades from a humble pearl-farming backwater into one of the world’s richest countries per capita.

But too much of a good thing, as many of Kuwait’s 2.6 million inhabitants are discovering, can be problematic.

In recent years, Kuwaiti waistlines have swollen to make them among the most obese people on the planet. Nearly 70% of Kuwaiti males over 15 are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization. For women, the figures are even worse – slightly over 80%.

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