Kuwait was reported to be the heaviest country in the Middle East, and second globally behind the United States. The new report from online in journal BMC Public Health said Kuwait was the most obese Arab country.
Qatar came in fourth on the list, followed by Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in 10th position, showing that the Arab world was gaining, in weight.
The data published on Sunday, reported scientists have calculated it to be 3.9 million tons, or 3.5 million metric tons.
According to researchers, all that extra bulk adds up, and could have “the same implications for world food energy demands as an extra half a billion people living on the earth.”
To reach their national estimates, researchers from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine used World Health Organization data from 2005. According to the BBC, the scientists worked out that the average global body weight was 137 lbs, but there were large regional differences.
Asian countries were the lightest in the world, and experts said this was due to their better diets.
In Egypt, for example, meat is on the menu too often, nutritionists argue.