People in the Middle East and North Africa seem to be more informed than ever about the importance of healthy eating and exercising. Today, more and more professionals are taking steps to become healthier, and people of all ages are increasingly changing their lifestyle to be fitter and live longer.

In the past few years, this need for a healthier and better life built up and started spreading across the entire Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Eventually, there was a need to study this topic in more depth. In March 2016, a company decided to investigate the health and eating habits of MENA professionals, and how it is affecting their lives and careers.

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As per the sources, ‘Health and Lifestyle in the Middle East and North Africa’ infographics describes everything: from eating habits popular among professionals and challenges they face when making healthy choices, to how many times they exercise and whether they smoke more or less during work hours.

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Some key findings from the infographic:

  • The majority (96%) believe that employers are responsible for their staff health and well being.
  • 42% of MENA professionals say they eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis, as opposed to only 16% who eat fast food every day.
  • 55% of professionals drink 2 or less caffeinated drinks per day.
  • Less than 3 in 10 smoke (26.8%) and 63% of smokers say they smoke less while at work.
  • Busy schedules and lack of management support were on top of the challenges faced when making healthier life choices at 30% and 15.8%, respectively.
  • Only 5.6% of MENA respondents are not active at all.

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For its ‘Health and Lifestyle in the Middle East and North Africa’ infographic, we collected data online in the period from 18 December 2015 and 12 January 2016. More than 8,200 respondents took part in the study from the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, among others.

Health and Lifestyle in the Middle East and North Africa

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