Thanks to its large reserves of oil, the small Gulf state of Kuwait has transformed over the decades from a humble pearl-farming backwater into one of the world's richest countries per capita.
But too much of a good thing, as many of Kuwait's 2.6 million inhabitants are discovering, can be problematic.
In recent years, Kuwaiti waistlines have swollen to make them among the most obese people on the planet. Nearly 70% of Kuwaiti males over 15 are overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organization. For women, the figures are even worse - slightly over 80%.
It's not all Raki and Rize tea; today Turkey is producing over 350 different kinds of wine. Zain Verjee reports.
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I was told I’d either love it or hate it. The critics warned, "It smells terrible," ominously adding my body heat would "instantly rise." Some Malaysians praised it. "It’s the King of Fruits."
It’s called the Durian - deep green, imperfectly round and extremely prickly. "Do it." "Don’t." I was torn.
I took the plunge in the packed Jalan Alor street in the Bukit Bintang area of Kuala Lumpar. I spotted the Wong Kee Quality Durian stand that has been there for about twenty years. Mr. Beaio’s swift machete strokes delivered a fleshy, creamy pulp. It wasn’t that bad - somewhere between crème brulee and blue cheese. I’m told it’s an acquired taste.
Warning: Breath gets bad. Fast.