Qatar's Doha by Bike

By Susan Hack - 2013-04-12T20:19:21Z

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Public Gym

Public exercise equipment, like this station designed for children, belie the fact that world's most affluent country is also one of the world's chubbiest: An astonishing 73 percent of Qatari men and 70 percent of Qatari woman are overweight, according to the World Health Organization. The incidence of diabetes and other weight-related ailments accelerated after the 1970s as an economy and hardy lifestyle based on pearl diving, fishing, hunting, and camel herding was transformed by the discovery of vast reserves of natural gas. The change created an economy of modern professions, cars, air conditioned homes, rich, imported foodstuffs—and sedentary habits.