Obesity and car crashes are two of the biggest problems facing young people in Oman, The National reported Monday (March 8th). The regional UNICEF chief, Sigrid Kaag, said that a poor diet is leading to an epidemic of obesity beginning in children under age five. About 13% of children show signs of stunted growth as a result of malnourishment. Still, mortality rates for children younger than five years old have dropped by more than 60% from 1990 to 2008. Kaag said UNICEF can assist the sultanate "in the emerging areas of childhood obesity, road traffic accidents and preventable injuries."