Fostering Active Living and Healthy Eating Among Arabic Speaking Adults Living in the State of Qatar: A Cross- Sectional Study
Physical inactivity is a global health concern and is considered a substantial risk factor for many chronic noncommunicable
diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes. In Qatar, the prevalence of insufficient physical
activity among adults aged 18 and above is high and tends to increase with the recent rapid change in lifestyle. Despite
receiving national encouragement from the State for healthy living, many people in Qatar are living a sedentary life and
consume diets rich in fats, salts, and sugar. Understanding the challenges and the opportunities to engage in a healthier
lifestyle and promoting culturally appropriate multiple intervention programs will ultimately meet the needs and improve the
health of the people in the State of Qatar.
Keywords— Physical activity, diet, healthy lifestyle, adults, Middle East, Arab.