Iraqi actress and well-known TV personality Enas Taleb is suing The Economist for using her picture in an article related to obesity. She stated in an interview that she has started legal proceedings in the United Kingdom (UK).

In an article titled ‘Why women are fatter than men in the Arab world’, The Economist published a photo of Enas Taleb. The picture was taken at the Babylon International Festival in Iraq. Enas said that the image was used out of context without her permission and violated her privacy. She also claimed it had been photoshopped.

The article argued that Arab women are overweight due to poverty and restrictions on leaving their homes.


Taleb said she was preparing to sue the publication in an interview with Newsline, “I have decided to take legal action against The Economist for their cover story. I am demanding compensation for the emotional, mental and social damage this incident has caused me. My legal team and I are arranging the next steps.”


Talking to al-Arabiya TV, Enas labelled the article as an “insult to the Arab woman in general and Iraqi women in particular”. She questioned why The Economist “takes interest in fat women in the Arab world and not in Europe or the USA”.