People exercise during the Qatar National Sport Day in the capital Doha on February 10, 2015. AFP PHOTO / AL-WATAN DOHA / KARIM JAAFAR
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More than a million Qataris were given a day off work Tuesday to take part in a nationwide day of sport amid growing concern at obesity levels in the super-rich Gulf state.Qatar, for all its recent association with sport, has a weight problem.The first results from an ongoing two-year study by the Qatar Biobank, a medical research facility, published at the beginning of this year found that 73 percent of Qataris were classified as "overweight or obese". It is the fourth consecutive year Qatar has held the event, which gives the working population of more than 1.2 million people a day off -- traditionally on the second Tuesday in February.Other events being held across Qatar included a children's run, beach tennis and a "5,000-step journey" -- a roughly 40-minute walk designed for families to take part together.
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