Is obesity still a problem in Gaza?

The table above is from The Economist and shows 2004 figures for obesity, with men and women in Gaza and the Westbank ranking #8 and #3 respectively. Now a lot can happen over six years so in terms of nutrition the situation in Gaza might very well be different today. Yet the table above gives us an indication that living conditions were less dire, in 2004 at least, than some people would have us believe.

One thing is for certain, if obesity levels in Gaza turn out to have decreased since 2004, the Norwegian media will blame it on Israel. Unless obesity levels have increased, that is.

In which case the Norwegian media will blame it on Israel.

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