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World Health Day: Be careful how you lose weight, and don’t lose sleep

We all love to eat but we do mind the pounds and the health complications. We provide you some world heath clues to deal with some important weight issues you could be losing sleep over

As much as 34.5% of the UAE population is classified as obese and 70.6% as overweight The Allurion’s Elipse Gastric Balloon requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anesthesia Philips will establish Sleep Disorders Management centers at Saudi German Hospital Group facilities

We all love to eat but we do mind the pounds and the health complications.

Weight loss is on everyone’s mind at some points in their lives, with some aiming for better form, others for healthier living or simply to deal with health conditions like diabetes or high cholesterol.  

Speaking of diabetes, lack of sleep can contribute to the disease and Saudi is doing something about it. 

This article is by no means suggesting stopping exercising, but we start with the latest weight loss and healthy living trends in the UAE that could help you achieve your aspirations for a healthier restart.

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The Allurion’s Elipse Gastric Balloon  

As reported by WHO, as much as 34.5% of the UAE population is classified as obese and 70.6% as overweight. This alarming report has been further supplemented by the International Diabetes Federation, reporting in 2019 that one in six adults in the UAE has diabetes. 

Dr. Samir Rahmani, Consultant Laparoscopic, Bariatric, and General Surgeon, Novomed Hospital and Centres wrote an opinion piece saying that for the vast majority of patients, conventional behavioral therapies (i.e., diet, exercise, counseling) often fail over the long term. 

A 2018 study by Allurion Technologies of over 9,800 respondents in the region reported that 73% of people in the UAE are not fully satisfied with the outcome of previous weight loss solutions they have tried, be it fitness, apps, weight loss supplements, diet plans, and medical follow-ups. 

“The Allurion’s Elipse Gastric Balloon is the world’s first and only weight loss device that requires no surgery, endoscopy, or anesthesia,” he said. 

“Using a swallowable capsule, many more people in the UAE will be able to lose weight easily (an average of 10 to 15% of their body weight) after approximately 16 weeks and more importantly, reduce the risk of having diseases attributed to being overweight or obese, including, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and polycystic ovary syndrome to name but a few.” 

Patients benefit from six months of dietary support from a nutritionist to ensure lasting lifestyle changes alongside an Allurion Connected Scale and Allurion Health Tracker both connected to the Allurion App.

KETO diet side effects

The ketogenic diet has become one of the fastest-growing dietary trends, but experts have warned that many of its advocates are unaware of the dangerous side effects the diet can cause

According to, the ketogenic diet, commonly known as keto, is a low-carb, high-fat diet that shares similarities with low-carb and Atkins diets.  

A reduction of carbohydrate intake and increase in fats place the body in a metabolic state called ketosis, a process that happens when your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy. Instead, it burns fat and makes things called ketones, which it can use for fuel. 

But it comes with a warning.

“The keto diet should only be done under clinical supervision, and only for brief periods of time,” Dr. Ruwaida Idrees, a nutritionist, CEO, and owner of Hayati Ghethaei, a catering company, told Arab News. 

She added that the keto diet should only be considered in “extreme cases” because it can do “more harm than good.” 

Idrees said: “It can cause damage to the heart since the heart is also a muscle.” 

Fouz Ghannamil, a fitness trainer, told Arab News that a better alternative for people looking to shed pounds this year is sticking to a diet of 80%healthy food and 20% junk food. 

She warned people considering a new diet to stick to a balanced nutrition pyramid that contains everything they need: Protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

Traffic light food labeling 

According to information shared by The National Program for Happiness and Wellbeing, 29% of people in the UAE have high blood pressure, and 44% have high cholesterol levels.

A new food-labeling system in the UAE reveals the nutritional value of a food designed to support people in making quick, informed decisions.

In 2019, the UAE Cabinet approved a Nutrition Labelling Policy under which food items have color-coded labels on the front of the pack, based on which one can easily identify which food product is high or low in fat, saturated fat, sugars, and salt content. 

The labels will also carry the calorie count of each food product but exclude fresh foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish.

The red color on the food label indicates that the product is high in fat, saturated fat, salt, or sugar.  

The amber color in the food label indicates that the product is moderate in the aforementioned nutrients.

If the food label is mostly green, it is a good, healthy option.

Sleep disorder Saudi

Philips will establish Sleep Disorders Management centers at Saudi German Hospital Group facilities in Saudi Arabia to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Patients spend a night in the Sleep Center so their sleep pattern can be observed. Those with positive Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are offered Philips Positive Airway Therapy devices that help to manage OSA.

Philips says it will offer a follow-up procedure to ensure that patients comply with the recommended treatment and health guidelines.

A study in KSA suggests that one out of ten adult middle-aged men carry a high risk of OSA.

“The cumulative long-term effects of sleep loss and sleep disorders have been associated with a wide range of deleterious health consequences including an increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke,” said Eng. Mohamed Sindi, CEO of Philips Healthcare Saudi.