This health problem is exacerbated due to the lack of an exercise culture. Diet Culture and Obesity in North Africa. The key factors to these high obesity levels are the adoption of eating habits in the Western lifestyle. In addition, the types of food and fat intake have changed Dietary habits, exercise, and alcohol consumption were targeted in the health behavior section.
The rise in caloric and fat intake in a region where exercise is not a defining part of the culture has added to the overall increased percentages of overweight and obese populations.
Obesity in the Middle East and North Africa
Before marriage, girls intentionally overeat and perform limited physical activity for 40 days in order to be attractive for their soon-to-be husbands. At the camp, the teenagers were given lectures on healthy food consumption. Advertisements for unhealthy junk food are seen everywhere and public schools sell candy, chocolate, and soda to their students. Rather, female fatness is embraced as it "is viewed as a sign of social status and is a cultural symbol of beauty, fertility, and prosperity". Every participant was challenged to lose one kilogram a week.