Sample Case Study Paper on Reduce Obesity in United Arab Emirates

Objective

Obesity has become one of the prevailing health challenges the present generation in the United Arab Emirates is facing. Obesity rate in UAE is approximated to be twice the world rate. It is feared that by 2030, half the number of adults will be obese. More studies reveal that already more than 60% of the UAE adults are obese, which is worrying, as children in UAE have not been spared either. Parents protect their obese children on the pretext of genes. This study aims at highlighting obesity as a health challenge in UAE. The study also seeks to offer solutions to the problem within UAE. To manage the problem, it is advisable for the adults to change their lifestyles and incorporate healthy foods and exercise. Manageable health complications, such as diabetes and joint problems ought to be managed through incorporating healthy lifestyles. Parents are advised to learn more about obesity and its prevention to protect health status of their children. Education on obesity will highlight the right amount of food portions children are expected to eat. Food industry ought to clearly label their products by indicating the right proportions of nutrients and including the nutritive value of the components.

 

Causes

Obesity is presently being ranked as smoking and armed conflict in terms of the expenses accrued in its management within the health sector. According to the director of McKinsey, obesity is a national problem and a bomb waiting to explode. This highlights the gravity of obesity problem in UAE. Expatriates have been found to have obese and diabetic within five years of their stay in UAE. This implies that lifestyle plays a big role in the prevention and management of this health complication. Possible causes of this predicament mainly lies in the lifestyle of the public and poor health education among the adults. Food industry has also played a big role by promoting foods rich in high calories. The blame is on city management. Despite the present economic stability, there are no exercise facilities, such as sidewalks and public gyms. Children have limited playing grounds due to poor city planning. Other than the major causes, people have resorted to sedentary living, which have made the bodies to store excess intakes. The public has formed a negative attitude towards excise and strenuous work. The parents have also protected their children from further health examination blaming the genes. This can be a sign of misinformation as they expect their children to be obese as they are. Other people have held responsible sicknesses, such as diabetes and other health challenges.

Solutions

To overcome obesity challenge, there is a need for the government through the department of health to create more awareness on the dangers of obesity. This will be expensive at first but it will not be higher than the cost of managing obesity. The public needs to be educated on the need to have healthy lifestyles and healthy weight. This calls for the health department to introduce the element of body mass index (BMI) to the public. The public can be taught on the basics of healthy lifestyle, which incorporates eating healthy foods prepared at home, management of  weight through exercise, benefits of enrolling in the gym, and exercising, such as walking and running instead of the adapted sedentary living. Educating the public may cost less than the normal advertising cost while introducing healthy lifestyles is fair and manageable. The food industry should incorporate nutritive value of all foods they advertise to the public.

Recommendation

I advise the government to implement an education strategy where the public can be educated on the kinds of foods to eat, and the healthy lifestyles to assume. Education can be through advertisement in the media and public places. Children can be educated in schools on the proper eating habits and lifestyles. The public should be educated on the need to exercise and have healthy weight. I suggest that the food industries should clearly label their products by indicating the right proportions of nutrients, and including the nutritive value of the components.