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2 Nov, 2014

40% of Abu Dhabi teens are fat | GulfNews.com

Abu Dhabi: Despite the implementation of a number of school-based health programmes, educational institutions in the emirate of Abu Dhabi still lack a comprehensive health strategy that addresses all current challenges, a senior educational official has said.

As a result, about 60 per cent of teenage boys in Abu Dhabi schools are bullied one or more times during the year, compared with 50 per cent in the USA and 21 per cent in China. Forty per cent of teenagers are also overweight, compared with just 15 per cent in the United States.

Many other public health issues also continue to persist, including a high prevalence of smoking, and lack of physical activity. The emirate’s education sector regulator, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec), therefore called on organisations to develop dedicated school health programmes that would tackle and resolve these public health problems.

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