The United States achieved a major victory last week by avoiding the title as the fattest nation on Earth. That distinction goes to the wealthiest nation on Earth: Qatar where half of the population is obese and seventeen percent are suffering from diabetes.
We secured the bronze in third with one-third of our population in the obese category and eight per cent diabetic.
By comparison America, which is often assumed to be the fattest, looks positively slim with a third of adults obese and eight per cent diabetic.
While once a lean tribal population, Qataris are now largely sedentary and employ an army of servants. They have also developed a taste for fast food.
Another problem in the country is a high rate of birth defects due to intermarrying among Qataris. The worst for such defects remains the United Arab Emirates followed by Saudi Arabia due to the same intermarriage traditions.
The obesity rate however represents the most serious threat to the nation with children showing the same medical problems associated with high weight. While robes can be slimming, they cannot hide the expanding waistlines on the population.