Saudi Arabia fights against obesity and sedentary lifestyles

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has repeatedly highlighted the importance of a healthy lifestyle and of being physically active. The country has also implemented health policies under Saudi Vision 2030 to promote weight loss journey and improve lifestyle. 

In 2014, Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, a resident of Saudi Arabia, lost around 320 kgs following intervention from the King of Saudi Arabia. He was around 610 kg. At that time, the King of Saudi Arabia ordered him to be brought to Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, for treatment. He was airlifted from his home to the hospital in the Saudi capital. After the treatment, he was able to live a healthy life. He was among millions of Saudis who followed unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits for years, leading to high obesity rates in the country.

A study published in 2022 by the Global Obesity Observatory revealed that approximately 20 per cent of Saudi Arabia’s adult population was obese. 

A recent study from Saudi Arabia’s leading health bodies indicated an increase in childhood obesity. The Sports for All Federation, the main organization responsible for developing healthy activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has urged people to adopt a healthy lifestyle. 

The organization makes sure that all members of society have the tools and support to practice daily physical activities. It has also launched various initiatives like the Summer Camps Program, designed for boys and girls aged 6 to 17, to help young people to develop life-long physical activity.

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Recently, Mohammed Munshi, a 40-year-old Saudi businessman, suffered due to weight issues. He was rushed to a hospital because he struggled with his weight. He also suffered from diabetes mellitus. His sugar levels remained dangerously high and the symptoms increased further.

Various Saudi authorities, the King of Saudi Arabia, the prince of Saudi Arabia, and health officials have urged people to improve their lifestyle.



Raven Ruma is a professional journalist with a keen eye on domestic and foreign situations. His favorite pastime is to keep the public informed about the current situation through his pen and he is fulfilling this responsibility through the platform of Arab News.

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