Dr. Sanjay Gupta visits Dubai to explore the obesity epidemic that plagues the Middle East. He interviews Shahzad Ahmed, who bounced back from poor health and biked across Europe. Farhana Bin Lootah of Imperial College London Diabetes Centre discusses skyrocketing diabetes rates.
Gupta goes on a ride with Ahmed who discusses changes he has made to his lifestyle. Vanessa Domingos lost 35 kilos after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery to battle diabetes and rapid weight gain.
Kuwait consistently ranks in the top 10 of the world’s most obese nations. Many blame fast food chains that followed U.S. troops into Kuwait after the first Gulf War. Ahmed recalls his 2,300-kilometer trek across Europe and the good news he received afterward.
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Shahzad Ahmed was overweight, hypertensive, and diabetic, and he realized he needed to turn his life around if he wanted to see his daughter grow up. As obesity and diabetes continue to rise, Vital Signs focuses in on the part of the world where they have reached epidemic levels: the Middle East. The luxurious lifestyle and booming wealth of the Gulf region have led to a sedentary lifestyle and an overabundance of food. Journey to the Middle East and see what extremes people like Ahmed are doing in order to change their lifestyles and fight life-threatening disease.
Length: 24 minutes
Copyright date: ©2015
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