World's most obese woman recovers in UAE


Fraser Clarke

Eman Abdul Atti, considered the world’s heaviest woman up until life saving surgery earlier this year, has seen her weight drop below 100kg thanks to the hard work of staff at Burjeel Hospital.

Abdul Atti arrived in the Emirates in May on a specially designed cargo plane, having undergone major bariatric surgery at the Saifee Hospital in Mumbai, India. The Egyptian native was believed to weigh almost 500kg, and faced a range of linked health conditions that looked certain to end her life.

Now however she has had much of the excess weight removed and, whilst a long road remains ahead, she is now planning for the future.

Dr Yassin El Shahat, chief medical officer at Burjeel Hospital, told Gulf News: “Our goal is to give Abdul Atti the best quality of life that is possible, and we are working to help her reduce her body weight to half what it was when she initially arrived. Her acute health concerns, including the severe bedsores and urinary tract infection, have mostly been resolved, and in August, we will begin with liposuction and removal of excess skin.”

Following her surgery Abdul Atti is now on a diet that is strictly limited to 800 calories a day, and is combined with physiotherapy in order to try and give her the best standard of life possible.

Doctors are now hoping that Abdul Atti will be the perfect person to speak to young people in the UAE about the dangers of obesity. Currently around 34% of children in the Emirates are classed as overweight or obese, a figure that is amongst the highest in the world.

Dr Shamsheer Vayalil, chairman and managing director of VPS healthcare in Abu Dhabi, told The National: “Eman is the right candidate to help us create awareness about obesity in the country. People will listen to her story, before surgery Eman was secluded and depressed, now she is communicating more and has become more sociable. She is beginning to enjoy life again, and that is a good sign but it will take time. We want her to talk to children and schools about her experience to show they need to be careful with their lifestyle, and what the consequences are.”

Obesity is a major issue throughout the Gulf region, especially amongst younger people. In order to avoid a potential obesity epidemic in years to come, governments throughout the area are introducing schemes aimed at educating children of the dangers an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can bring.

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