Check out this interesting story in The Red & Black about a student who spent his summer in the United Arab Emirates, studying obesity and fast food:
Faust, now a first-year graduate student in the University of Georgia Department of Communication Studies, traveled to the UAE to study obesity, the globalization of fast food and childhood obesity.
“I loved being able to see the different perspective on a problem that we face even here in the United States,” Faust said. “It was a very eye-opening and unifying experience to see that we are all going through these problems and working through these struggles together.”
The health of UAE citizens has been drastically affected by the nation’s rapid growth and consumer-driven culture. Not only are the UAE’s struggles similar to those in the United States, but Faust said several other industrialized nations deal with obesity due to a consumer-driven culture. In Dubai, where Faust focused his reporting, there has been a 200 percent increase in population, and the country is facing major changes.
Weight gain is a relatively new topic for the UAE, as fast food restaurants have begun to dominate the streets.
“It was interesting to see how their approach to this crisis is compared to how Americans deal with the fast food issues that we have here,” Faust said. “There were a lot of common ground and there were some differences.”