Officials in the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), have launched a new one-month program called ‘Your Weight in Gold’. The programâ€™s aim is for the cityâ€™s citizens to lead a healthier lifestyle by exercising and eating nutritious food. Overweight people could sign up for the program on July 19. For every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of weight a person loses by August 16, the person will get one gram of gold. A person has to lose at least 2 kg in order to qualify. This isnâ€™t the first time Dubai has launched a program to get its citizens into shape. Two years ago, a program was launched called “Yallah Walk”, where new walking paths were created around the city and people were encouraged to walk with rewards. According to the CIA World Factbook, 32.7% of adults in the UAE are obese. Obesity for an adult is defined as having a Body Mass Index of 30 or more, where Body Mass Index is a calculation of a personâ€™s body weight (in kg) divided by the personâ€™s height squared (in meters). You can see where your country ranks in terms of obesityÂ here.
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The worldâ€™s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, is in Dubai, UAE.
Image Credits: Nicolas Lannuzel for Burj Khalifaâ€™s image
Sources: http://www.dm.gov.ae/wps/portal/CommonPageEn?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/DMContentEn/Home/News/news_pr_17072013_02, www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook, http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/health/yallah-walk-begins