In the last edition of the challenge, 99 percent of participants had a BMI greater than 30 and were classified as obese. The main comorbidities recorded among participants included high blood pressure (18 percent), diabetes (15 percent) and arthritis (11 percent).
The challenge retains its three categories – physical, virtual and corporate – and introduces an innovative fourth category designed for schoolchildren and staff. This new addition encourages school teams to join the challenge, encouraging healthy competition between schools. Cash prizes await the participants with the highest weight loss in the Physical category: Dh300, Dh200 and Dh100 per kilogram of weight loss for the top three male and female participants.
In the Virtual category, participants have the opportunity to win attractive rewards, including complimentary stays, health and vacation packages, meal vouchers, gym memberships and more. Special recognitions and prizes are also reserved for people who achieve the highest percentage of weight loss in both the physical and virtual categories. Corporate and school teams that collectively earn the maximum amount of weight will be the winners in their categories.
“RAK Hospital’s annual Weight Loss Challenge is a beacon of health awareness and is evolving into the country’s leading initiative,” said Dr. Raza Siddiqui, CEO, RAK Hospital. “Our commitment to promoting awareness and education about obesity and its complications has been strengthened with each edition. “This year’s pioneering inclusion of schools as teams is a deliberate move to inspire and create role models for children, laying the foundation for a healthier future.”
Prof. Adrian Kennedy, Wellbeing Director at RAK Hospital’s Arabian Wellness & Lifestyle Management, Wellbeing Division, said: “The objectives of RBWLC 24 extend beyond the competition itself. The initiative aims to improve quality of life by aligning with national health agendas, implementing comprehensive lifestyle medicine and chronic disease management programs, and providing a holistic health solution from illness to well-being.”