on December 7, 2018 23 views

Essa Al Ansari, a young Emirati man took us on a journey of how he lost more than 70 kilos, changing his life forever. He discussed obesity in the UAE standing as the 22nd most affected country in the world. He described the progression of his trials and tribulations over the years and how his health started to deteriorate, not even being able to walk in the mall in his late teens as the effort required felt exhausting.
Now competing and representing the UAE in his first Iron Man series, he has become an inspirational speaker changing his life around, focused on not competing for the prize but the consistency of breaking barriers he faces. He has spoken on various platforms with this being his first TED talk, he is a man with a vision of educating and inspiring others through the message of ‘no matter how much you feel you can’t do, anyone can if they put their mind to it!

A graduate in hospitality management and working as a marketing executive, he struggled with obesity. Making a decision to change his lifestyle for the better, he lost seventy kilograms and is now encouraging others to follow suit and start living a healthy lifestyle. He is currently working as a businessman in Dubai and is a motivational speaker with his own website ‘’

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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