A Palestinian who is now in his mid-30s said he had never used a weight measuring instrument in his life, but that it is becoming more common.
“I can’t use the same instruments, I don’t have them,” Ahmed al-Qudra said, describing his weight-shifting experiences as the result of his family’s poverty and economic hardship.
Qudras father, who died in 2009, was born in the village of Al-Hawa, in the West Bank, near Bethlehem.
He was the only child of six children.
Qudras parents lived in a nearby settlement, the Abu Jamef family, and Qudra was brought up in the family home.
“My father died when I was just a toddler, and my mother died when she was only a teenager,” he said.
A day before his first birthday, Qudran went to school and went to the nearby mosque.
“I never knew there was such a place,” he recalled.
After the incident, Quddra said he tried to stop his father from using a machine that weighed him down.
Qudsat, he said, had “never asked me to use it”.
Qudrahs father’s death in 2009 changed Qudsats life, Qudsah said.
“My mother, who was not allowed to speak to my father because of his status, was never able to get to know my father,” he added.
“She never got to meet him.
I never met him.”
Qudrah said he started using a weight-monitoring device a few years ago, to measure his weight.
The device is small, made of metal and comes with a rubber handle.
It has a bar that measures the wearer’s weight, which is then compared with an app on a smartphone or tablet.
The device can measure body fat, blood pressure, temperature, blood sugar, cholesterol and fat-free mass, which can then be compared with a medical chart or medical charting app.
It is meant to measure weight as well as other measures of health, like cholesterol, blood-sugar levels, body-mass index and blood pressure.
Weight-shifters usually do not weigh themselves daily, but rather take a daily physical log.
“A few days later, I’ll go to my office and see the chart,” Qudram said.
Qudaah, who is a regular weight-control user, also has a weight monitor.
“Every day, I take a physical log and then go to the office to see my daily weight,” he explained.
“After that, I weigh myself.
If I get more than 3.7 kilograms (5.6 pounds), I’ll change my daily routine.”
Qudaah said he likes to keep his weight under 3.8 kilograms (6.3 pounds) to avoid excessive weight gain, as he does not feel confident in his physical abilities and body fat.
In his daily routine, Qudaahs diet includes meat, vegetables and fruits, which he says helps his weight to drop.
During Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours, QUDRA said he does what is best for his body weight.
“The first thing is to eat.
I eat rice, vegetables, fruits and meat,” he noted.
While it is not clear how many Palestinian residents have been using weight-tracking devices, Quba’s father said that the number of Palestinian Palestinians using weight measuring devices is growing.
The Palestinian Authority has launched a pilot program in the occupied West Bank in which Palestinians are given free weight-calculating devices and are also encouraged to use them in order to prevent themselves from gaining excessive weight.
Abdel-Hamid Abu Jami, a Fatah official in charge of the West Jerusalem municipality of Beit El, said the PA has also introduced a program in Ramallah, which the PA is currently recruiting Palestinian residents to participate in.
Abu Jamid said the Fatah and Palestinian Authority governments are looking into the matter.
“The PA is working on this program with the Palestinian Authority, and we will discuss it with the [Palestinian] Authority,” he told Al Jazeera.
“It is very important for the PA to get the participation of the Palestinians.”
The PA and Israel are currently working on a plan to build a Palestinian-built mass-scale weight-training center in the area, with the intention of creating a physical fitness center similar to that of the Ramallah Fatah-run Fatah Club.