One of the heaviest people in the world, a 1,345-pound Saudi Arabian man, is getting help from King Abdullah in his quest to trim down.
CNN reported the Saudi king ordered Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari to be moved from his home
in the southern province of Jazan to the capital of Riyadh for treatment. Moshen Shaari will undergo a series of dietary and physical programs to help him lose weight. Surgery remains an option.
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Moshen Shaari cannot move by himself, and King Abdullah gave the go-ahead for officials to destroy part of the man’s building so they could get him out of his second-floor apartment with a forklift, the New York Daily News said
. Reports put his age at 18 to 20 years old.
Obesity has become a serious health concern throughout the Gulf region. The United Nations notes that nearby Kuwait has the highest proportion of obese residents in the area at 42.8 percent, with Saudi Arabia ranking second at 35.2 percent.
Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates rank in the Top 10 worldwide in people suffering from diabetes, according to a recent story in Al Arabiya
Among the contributors to the obesity epidemic are a growth in fast-food chains, the growing popularity of cheap, processed foods in supermarkets, and a more sedentary lifestyle, Al Arabiya said. It quoted endocrinologist Dr. Saf Naqvi as saying both genetic and lifestyle choices play a role in the rising rates of Type II diabetes.
“No one really knows yet what causes diabetes, but genetic factors, weight, lifestyle, environment, and viruses may have a part to play,” he said. “A more sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits have been cited as the main causes of the increasing prevalence of Type 2 diabetes in the UAE.”
Saudi women, meanwhile, tend to suffer from obesity at higher rates, in part because they are expected to be in the home. A 2011 Gallup poll found that 16 percent of Saudi women exercised at least 30 minutes three times a week. The rate for Saudi men was 27 percent.
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