DUBAI // Not so long ago, Hamad Al Sabri was like most 15-year-old boys. He loved junk food and his idea of physical activity was thumbing buttons on his PlayStation.
He weighed 75 kilograms and while he knew his sedentary lifestyle was bad for his health, he lacked the self motivation needed to make a change.
“I felt I couldn’t wear the clothes I wanted to, like skinny jeans. I was bullied in school for being fat and unfit and I felt very uncomfortable going to the beach,” said Hamad, who was barred from a running competition at school this year because of his weight.