A BAHRAINI doctor is leading by example, after shedding 16kg in just three months.
Public health consultant Dr Kawthar Aleid is now encouraging others to follow her lead in the battle against the bulge.
The 46-year-old mother-of-three weighed 93kg on March 1 when she embarked on a strict health regime – documenting her progress on Instagram and sharing exercise videos online.
By the end of May she was down to 77kg, slashing her Body Mass Index (BMI) from 33 to 27.
“In the three months I was enrolled in a healthy programme under the supervision of specialists, with daily physical activities,” Dr Aleid told the GDN.
“I am still in the process of reducing my weight and am yet to achieve my target.”
She declined to reveal what her target weight was, but vowed to continue shedding the pounds – having previously been considered obese.
Meanwhile, 10 others inspired by her progress have signed up to a campaign to also lose weight with help from her free diet plans, exercises and consultations on social media.
It started this month and the winner will receive a prize.
“Participants were assessed by nutritionist, psychologist and sport coach,” said Dr Aleid.
“Approval was taken from participants to join the health programme.
“Follow-up and monitoring of the participants will be continued for three months of the competition.
“At the end of September, the measurements will be taken and the winner will be announced by October.
“Our objective is to make them adopt a healthy lifestyle and help them reach their ideal body mass index.
“We are looking for continuity of this healthy living in everyone’s life.”
Participants have been given tips on healthy cooking, shopping, daily meals and exercises.
The campaign is in line with efforts to achieve UN 0Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), one of which is good health and well-being.
It is hoped the results will encourage more women to commit to weight-loss programmes, with obesity now a major threat to public health and a leading cause of chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
The GDN reported in 2015 that seven of 10 adults in Bahrain were either overweight or obese, according to official statistics.
Meanwhile, the Economist’s Pocket World in Figures 2015 rated men in Bahrain as some of the fattest in the world.
The book ranked Bahrain fourth internationally for portly men, with 31pc of the adult male population overweight as measured by their BMI.
Only Qatar, with 44pc, Kuwait, with 43.4pc, and the US, with 31.7pc, have a greater proportion of overweight men above the age of 20.
In 2010 the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated 38pc of Bahrain’s female population, more than a third, was obese.