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Obesity in KSA kills 20,000 in one year

Khalid Bin Mohsen Shaari, who was ordered by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to undergo medical treatment for extreme obesity

Source : Arab news / 16 Aug 2014

Around 20,000 people die from obesity-related disease annually, studies have shown.

Experts predict an increase in diabetes in children owing to soaring obesity levels among both minors and adults.

More than 3 million people in the Kingdom are obese despite government efforts to curb the phenomenon by introducing health education programs at schools.

The Saudi Sugar and Endocrinology Society in the Eastern Province has warned against the rising levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes, which affects a quarter of the population.

“This disease is threatening public health, as well as the Saudi national economy, as is the case with many countries,” the society said in a statement.

“There are 1.7 billion obese people globally,” said society sources. “Such figures place a heavy financial burden on countries, with rising incidence of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, heart problems, brain strokes and all types of cancer.”

The society has demanded the implementation of immediate measures to curb obesity, including long-lasting lifestyle changes.


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