Weight care centers will soon spread across the emirates of the UAE, as the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) announced setting up the first in Sharjah to help combat weight problems and obesity.
According to Dubai-based newspaper, Khaleej Times, the clinic was set up in line with the National Programme to Combat Obesity in Children and Adolescents 2021, however, guidance in the current clinic will only be offered to adults, while the second phase of the program will include children as well.
Quoting the director of the health education department at the ministry, Fadila Mohammed Sharif, Khaleej Times reported that the program aims to “offer a healthy way to lose weight, the nonsurgical way.”
The program will rely on managing obesity through implementing a “multidisciplinary integrated approach,” which focuses on nutrition, physical activity, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Assistant undersecretary for Mohap’s health clinics and centers, Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, also told Khaleej Times that the new clinics will include multiple facilities such as health kitchens, activity rooms, and health education rooms. Al Rand also confirmed that the services will be free of charge.
According to the article, recent studies show that 47.5 percent of the UAE residents are overweight, while 13 percent are obese.