One in five people in Qatar has diabetes, unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise blamed for ballooning obesity rates.
Young children in the Gulf country are increasingly being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which is usually associated with adults and linked to obesity.
Some experts estimate obesity rates in schools could be at least 40 per cent.
Some doctors are now proposing a more radical approach; weight-loss surgery for obese youngsters.
Al Jazeera’s Anu Nathan reports from Doha.