Category Archives: Middle East

Lebanon vs Worldwide Obesity Levels: 15.9% Of Boys Under 20 Years Are Obese

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According to a new study by the Lancet, the world is getting fatter and the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased in children and adolescents in developing countries to 12.9% in 2013 for boys and 13.4% in girls. Here are some of the numbers related to Lebanon and the Arab countries that I’ve collected from the study.

Obese Boys < 20 years
Lebanon – 15.9%
Bahrain – 9.3%
Iraq – 8.2%
Kuwait – 16.7%
Jordan – 8.0%
Palestine – 11.9%
Qatar – 18.8%
Saudi Arabia – 9.4%
Syria – 13.9%
UAE – 12.2%

Obese Men >= 20 years
Lebanon – 26.3%
Bahrain – 31%
Iraq – 25.7%
Kuwait – 43.4%
Jordan – 27.5%
Palestine – 29.8%
Qatar – 44.0%
Saudi Arabia – 30%
Syria – 24.2%
UAE – 27.1%

Obese Girls < 20 years
Lebanon – 12.5%
Bahrain – 10.7%
Iraq – 8.2%
Kuwait – 23.3%
Jordan – 8%
Palestine – 12.5%
Qatar – 15.5%
Saudi Arabia – 14.8%
Syria – 15.4%
UAE – 12.6 %

Obese Women >= 20 years
Lebanon – 29.3%
Bahrain – 24.9%
Iraq – 37.5%
Kuwait – 58.6%
Jordan – 45.6%
Palestine – 42.4 %
Qatar – 54.7%
Saudi Arabia – 44.4%
Syria – 39.9%
UAE – 33.2%

The number of obese boys and girls in Lebanon is quite high and alarming. You can download the full report [Here] (sign up required).

Over 3 Million Internet Users In Lebanon By 2017

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According to a study conducted by Madar Research & Development center, 69.2 percent of the Lebanese population will be using the internet by the end of 2017, as opposed to just 45.1 percent in 2012. That means we will reach 3.2 million users in 2017 and will have the 5th highest number of internet users in the Arab World, after Bahrain (87.4 percent), Kuwait (73.7 percent), Morocco (72.4 percent) and the United Arab Emirates (72.2 percent).

Of course what matters most is that we have an internet as quick and abundant as the ones in other Arab countries and it looks like we are on the right path.

via DailyStar

Lebanese Cyclist Toni Khoury Dies In Kuwait Accident

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Lebanese Cyclist Toni Khoury was killed in Kuwait when a taxi hit him as he was cycling a couple of days ago. Toni is originally from Amchit but has been living in Kuwait for the past 16 years, and is a member of the Kuwait Cycling team. He was married and had two children.

May he rest in peace.

Back in September 2013, Former Arab triathlon and Lebanese champion Roy Nasr was killed in Dubai after being hit by a drunk driver. Roy had co-founded Tri Dubai and was training for Ironman South Africa which took place in April 2014.

PS: I read the news in Al-Rai newspaper.

LebanonFiles Has The Full Story (Not Really) On The Troubled MEA Flight From Riyadh To Beirut

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When I first saw the headline in red, I thought I was going to read about some kidnapping attempt, or some fight on board, or some mechanical failure (God Forbid) that led to an emergency landing, or some passenger gone crazy, but what I got instead was that the plane underwent some severe turbulence and few passengers felt nauseous.

Of course turbulence is a very serious matter and I hate it (and get scared) when it happens, but my point is that they should have at least bothered and got more details on whether anyone got injured or hospitalized, and how did the crew handle this matter because there’s a comment on the article saying that no one tried to comfort them. They could have called MEA or interviewed some of the passengers instead of saying there was turbulence and that’s it.

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PS: LebMediaMonitor originally posted about this.

Lebanon Among The World’s 10 Unhappiest Countries

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Iraq, Iran and Egypt are the unhappiest countries in the world according to a Gallup report. Lebanon ranks 10th.

Gallup measured negative emotions in 138 countries in 2013 by asking people whether they experienced a lot of anger, stress, sadness, physical pain and worry the previous day. Gallup compiles the “yes” results into a Negative Experience Index score for each country. The higher the score, the more pervasive negative emotions are in a country.

Results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews with approximately 1,000 adults in each country, aged 15 and older, conducted in 2013 in 138 countries and areas. For results based on the total global sample, the margin of sampling error is less than ±1 percentage point at the 95% confidence level. For results based on country-level samples, the margin of error ranges from a low of ±2.1 to a high of ±5.3. The margin of error reflects the influence of data weighting. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

Leave Patriarch Rai Alone!

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No one and I insist NO ONE has the right to tell Patriarch Bechara el Rai where he should go or should not, specially if he’s going on a religious visit to the Holy Land with the head of the Catholic Church. Enough said!

I am glad he put an end to this interview and I urge him to ignore all the media and just go on with his visit.