Mid-East's biggest issue not terror, but obesity

Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi exhorted his people to become physically active.
Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi exhorted his people to become physically active.PHOTO: REUTERS

More than 30% of adults in Arab states suffer from combination of diabetes and obesity

Tartlets and kebabs kill more people in the Middle East than all the terrorist organisations combined.

Egypt's President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who is known for meddling in the smallest and most intimate affairs of his country, wants to change that now.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 12, 2019, with the headline 'Mid-East's biggest issue not terror, but obesity'. Print Edition | Subscribe