>> Physical inactivity is the main cause for 25% of breast and colon cancers, 27% of diabetes and 30% of ischemic heart disease globally. (WHO)
>> UAE residents are among the less active people in the world, with an average of 4,516 steps per day. (Stanford University)
>> Over 1 million people in the UAE have diabetes. (IDF), 2017
>> Rapid economic growth, sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets in the UAE are expected to double the number of people with diabetes to 2.2 million by 2040. Imperial College London Diabetes Centre, Abu Dhabi.
>> Cardiovascular diseases accounted for 37.1% of all death cases in 2016. (HAAD)
>> Mild depression affects up to 15 % of the UAE population. (WHO)
>> Vitamin D levels are very low in the UAE despite the sunny weather. (Burjeel Hospital)

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