America is no longer the most obese nation in the world. Recently the United Nations passed that distinction to Mexico and noted an alarming rise in the rates of obesity among Arab nations.

Worldwide the rate of obesity has nearly doubled since 1980 according to the World Health Organization. World health leaders recognize obesity and inactivity as the largest threat to health existing today and many countries are searching for answers to combat this preventable health condition. The Arab TV network Alhurra recently reported on the problem ( and featured the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk as an innovative tool to combat the problem.


65% of the world’s population reside in nations where obesity related conditions kill more people than underweight related conditions. “While world hunger is still a major challenge it is staggering to consider that obesity kills more than hunger in a majority of the world,” stated Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desk.


Many are surprised to learn that the Arab world suffers from an obesity epidemic. In Egypt, 50% of the women are obese and 20% of the male population according to Aljazeera. Kuwaiti women rank second in global obesity at 55.2% with the UAE at 42%, Bahrain and Jordan at 37.9%. Depression (a disease often linked to inactivity and obesity) is the leading cause of illness in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).


“There are other major events signaling that global obesity is increasing at alarming rates. Mexico recently overtook the United States as the world’s most populous, obese nation; 70% are overweight and childhood obesity levels have tripled in just the past decade,” Bordley added. “All of these nations have seen a corresponding decrease in activity levels due to modern technology. While the nature of work is continuously redefined by technology and robotics it is imperative that we re-engineer the work environment to include more opportunities for bodily movement.”