Friday, September 19, 2008

Putting two and two together?

I came across two articles in the same issue of The Peninsula, Qatar's English language daily.

In the first, we read that Qatar is no different from almost every other modern country in becoming alarmed at the national obesity rates [full article]:
"Around 40 percent of school children in Qatar are obese, according to Dr Mahmoud Al Zari, Director of Diabetes and Endocrinology at Hamad Medical Corporation..."
In the second, they are pleased to report a confectioners' trade show [full article]:
"Qatar has developed quite a sweet tooth as data show the market for sweets and confectionery grew by 23 percent in 2007, just behind Saudi Arabia, which registered a 24 percent increase."
Here is another case where we see increases in obesity alongside increases in sugar consumption. So what does the first article conclude?
"Bad foods are those with high fat content. Fatty foods cause heart burn and acid reflux."
Well, that's zero out of two correct.

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