88% percent of Kuwait is overweight, at least one-third are obese and the country is enjoying a surge of stomach-stapling surgeries according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek, making it the eighth most overweight country in the world.
As peace fell on Kuwait following the end of the 1991 Gulf War, so too descended American fast food restaurants. Arriving first on U.S. military bases franchises such as Burger King have made a new home for themselves in Kuwaiti culture, which puts high emphasis upon the social aspects of dining. Families do on occasion throw fast food banquets, particularly around the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with fast food chains delivering food to homes. Other factors contributing to the countries expanding waist include the countries desert climate restrict opportunities for exercise.
The search for a solution
In an attempt to find a quick fix solution, a high number of Kuwaitis are turning to bariatric (weight loss) surgery such as a one-hour stomach stapling proceduce. Other new businesses are also seizing the opportunity with like gyms and weight loss programmes helping Kuwaitis to lose weight. For several business obesity in Kuwait represents a major investment opportunity.