Arab News – Dr. Hanan Al-Ghamdi, assistant professor of Hepatobiliary and Laparoscopic Surgery at the University of Dammam, has warned that Saudi Arabia is located in the ‘red zone’ in relation to the prevalence of overweight and obese nationals.
“The overall proportion of Saudis who are overweight stands at 70 percent of the total population. The global rate of entry into what is known as the ‘red zone’ of concern is when 60 percent of the population is overweight,” she explained.
The proportion is divided at 72 percent among women, and 68 percent among men, she added.
“Thus, the Kingdom ranked fifth among the Middle East countries, after Qatar, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain,” she said.
Dr. Al-Ghamdi made this revelation while speaking at a lecture entitled “Obesity: Between reality and fantasy” which she delivered at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Dammam.
She cited many of the new statistics released by the World Health Organization, which indicate that obesity worldwide has increased twofold since 1980.
“The latest report of WHO released at the end of 2014 said that there are 1.9 billion adults (18 years and over) globally, or 39 percent of the world’s population, of which more than 600 million are obese. In addition, there are 42 million children under the age of five around the world that are either overweight or obese,” she said.

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