Book by Dietetics & Nutrition Alum

The Healthy NumbersRacha Sankar, RPh. D. was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pharmacy & Medical Science in Jordan. She later relocated to Miami, Florida in 2005 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics & Nutrition Science from Florida International University (FIU) while also pursuing a degree in Holistic Health Science. Dr. Sankar is owner of Fat2Slim Bariatric Center located in Damascus, Syria. There she works with bariatric patients and other patients with chronic diseases. Dr. Sankar developed the first food analysis software for Arabic cuisine. Sankar is frequently featured on Syria’s television, radio stations and nutrition blogs for multiple health and public magazines.

Dr. Fatma G. Huffman, Professor and Chair of the Department of Dietetics & Nutrition at FIU, was heavily involved in the conception of this significant work.


About the book: The rate of obesity is increasing worldwide. The Middle East is not immune to these increases. In fact, in Middle Eastern countries the rate of obesity is much higher than western countries. The Middle East and the Gulf areas traditionally have a healthy cuisine in which foods can be combined to include all of the macro and micronutrients in a balanced way. If we were living 20-30 years ago, no cuisine would be healthier than Middle Eastern cuisine. Nevertheless, different factors had negative influences on the health of the people living in this region. In contrast to belief, food consumption plays a major role in the increasing rate of obesity and related diseases. The improved food industry, fast food invasion, and advanced technologies are the main factors that led to a sedentary lifestyle, lack of physical activity, and over consumption of empty calorie foods daily. No wonder, a great increase in the rate of obesity and chronic diseases is seen and diagnosed amongst different aged groups from the Middle East and the Gulf region.

Author: Cecile Houry

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