Children eat chips as they leave their school in Beirut, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanon's schools will be required to incorporate healthy eating lessons into the curriculum, as the country struggles to combat rising child obesity rates that are the fifth worst in the world among boys.Statistics like this one have inspired the Education Ministry to incorporate a 12-unit healthy-living program into the health studies curriculum at Lebanon's public schools aimed at teaching children between the ages of 9 and 11, effective starting Wednesday.Although the program began a trial phase in certain schools around Lebanon four years ago, the need for its implementation was highlighted by a May report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on global child obesity: Lebanon was ranked fifth for obesity rates among boys under 20 . Lebanon was the first country in the Arab world to test the program, and according to Khatib, the pilot has "scientific results" that show a change in healthy living and eating.
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