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BEIRUT: The slew of diet centers that have recently expanded around the country are welcoming an unlikely clientele: children and senior citizens.Conversations with proprietors of more than a dozen Lebanese diet centers revealed a few recent weight-loss trends in the country, most notably a rise in the number of overweight children using the centers' regimented meal plans to trim down. In response to this increase in childhood obesity, parents are turning to diet centers, which provide both meals and counseling in one place.Most of the tweaks diet centers make to child-friendly cuisine can be done just as easily at home.Senior citizens have discovered that diet centers offer a way to eat healthy, home-cooked meals without making it themselves.
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