School canteens will also be supervised to make sure they serve healthy options, Salah Ahmad Mohammad, director of the national programme for control of diabetes told the paper.
An unnamed ministry doctor told the paper that about half of all school-age children are overweight. Weight problems can lead to heart disease and diabetes later in life, as well as having a negative impact on a person's self esteem, Mohammad. Dr Ayoub Kalaff, a psychologist, told the paper.
"Overweight people retreat into themselves when they receive negative comments [about their physique], which will see them continuing to eat junk food for comfort and staying indoors to avoid social interaction," he said.
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neelam Nov 25, 2009 07:14 am
When I first time saw a school like Cheuifat Dubai selling Pizza Slices and frech fries I didnt understand where to go and complain , telling everyday your kid about healthy eating and not to give pocket money is a Huge Task for me :) I am sure all mothers should be aggreeing to me and encourage your child by not giving extra money except healthy snacks and lunch