Monday, September 8, 2008

Another Iraqi casualty of war: Their waistlines

Sectarian violence has kept many people indoors for years, and now they're fighting the battle of the bulge.

BAGHDAD -- In a land where just staying alive is a challenge, Haider Kareem Said's problem might seem trivial. He's overweight.

But that isn't a mere annoyance or something Said can fix with diet and exercise -- he's 5-foot-4 and weighs 495 pounds.
So last month, Said had a band surgically strapped around his stomach, an operation relatively new to Iraq that is proving to be a godsend for people facing an unusual consequence of the war: obesity.