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UAE launches first online system to fight obesity in schools

Ministry of Health and Prevention has launched Mutabah to collect data on obesity among school pupils

UAE launches first online system to fight obesity in schools

The new system will provide information about student food patterns and the level of physical activity for each of them.

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched the Mutabah system, the UAE’s first online system to collect data on obesity among school pupils.

The programme was launched during the Arab Health 2020, taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre this week and aims to accurately and quickly identify overweight students on an annual basis.

It will also provide information about student food patterns and the level of physical activity for each of them.

Dr Hussein Abdul Rahman Al-Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for Health Centres and Clinics, said: “The online platform aims to create a future database on the prevalence of obesity among students given obesity is one of the top causes leading to noncommunicable diseases. It has indeed become a global health challenge over the past years as it results in great disease burden, hinders national development efforts, and adversely affect the level of life in society in addition to its growing  financial costs.

“Reducing the prevalence of obesity and overweight in the UAE especially among school students is a top national priority and today, we launched the Mutabah platform to support national efforts and the goals of the National Programme to Combat Obesity in Children and Adolescents,” said Al Rand.

Mutabah is the latest in a series of initiatives launched by the ministry to monitor and cut the rate of obesity among children and adults, said Dr Fadila Mohammed Sharif, director of Health Education and Promotion Department at MOHAP.

She added that the system will help develop programs aimed at lowering the prevalence of overweight among children.

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