UAE government may outlaw excessive fizz to combat obesity
Time Out Dubai staff
The UAE’s obesity rates have been the subject of concern for some time, and it seems the country is now following an example set by New York in combatting the issue. The government is considering a ban on the sale of supersize fizzy drinks across the Emirates, though a date for the rule to come into effect is yet to be announced. According to a 2012 study published by the BMC (BioMed Central) Public Health Journal, the UAE is the fifth fattest nation in the world. It’s not the only health move the government has made in recent weeks – initiatives have been announced for early cancer-detection, a national database of medical records and to create common standards for healthy food across both government and private schools.