MORE than 200 people took part in a second walkathon held to raise awareness against obesity.
The ‘Obesity Doesn’t Suit Me’ event, at The Avenues, was organised by Voluntary Community Campaign chief Dr Kawther Aleid, who shed 16kg in three months.
Northern Governor Ali Al Asfoor took part in the walkathon which also included the participation of various government entities, private companies and individuals.
“The walkathon was organised for a second time because many participants wanted more events that focus on the culture of daily exercises,” said Dr Aleid.
“There is an increase in obesity cases in Bahrain because people neglect healthy lifestyles such as exercises and a proper diet.
“There was a need to adopt this community initiative aimed at decreasing obesity and, by extension, decreasing non-communicable diseases caused mainly by weight gain.”
The GDN reported on July 29 that 10 contestants were taking part in the ‘Biggest Loser’ competition launched as part of the campaign – results of which will be announced next month.
The voluntary campaign team includes clinical nutrition specialist Areej Al Saad, who is monitoring the contestants’ nutrition, and Dr Abdulaziz Al Jowder, an intern and a coach, who is ensuring they comply with the exercise programme.
Psychology specialist Maha Al Mannai stressed the importance of exercising daily to release hormones necessary to make a person more relaxed, happy and positive.