75 percent Saudis will be obese by 2020: Study

Updated 02 May 2015
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75 percent Saudis will be obese by 2020: Study

Seventy-five percent of Saudi population will be obese by 2020 if no preventive steps are taken, a study has warned.
The research, conducted by Nasser Al-Salem Al-Qahtani, as a Ph.D. thesis at an Australian university, has focused on causes of obesity among intermediate and secondary school students in Riyadh.
According to the findings, obesity has increased by 50.6 percent among teenagers in both rural and urban areas, with urban areas accounting for 59.4 percent and rural 36.9 percent.
The researcher cited a number of factors linked to obesity and over-weight, including the presence of a driver with family, daily consumption of soft drinks, watching TV and using computers and other electronic devices.
The study shows that obesity among children is growing at an alarming rate in the Kingdom, with the figure reaching over 50 percent in 2010 as against 11 percent in 1988.
Nagwa Mousa, a medical expert, warned against the rise in obesity among new generations. Intensive awareness campaigns on risks and side-effects of obesity need to be launched, she said.
She strongly advised that strict control should be observed on the type of food and that daily physical exercises be encouraged among women and children in order to fight obesity.
Obesity problem is plaguing the world, especially developed countries, and experts have advised against limited use of junk food such as burgers and wafers, besides aeriated drinks. Lifestyle is one of the main reasons for obesity.


Where We Are Going Today: JD Lounge

Updated 15 February 2019
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Where We Are Going Today: JD Lounge

  • t is highly recommended for anyone who is in Jeddah, especially if they feel like a fancy dinner

JD Lounge is a relaxing restaurant and cafe that offers a distinctive, sophisticated ambiance. What first drew me to it, however, is its fun reading corner, as I often struggle to find spots where I can read in peace without the distracting hum of other people’s conversations.
The venue is simple but elegant, with a French-style interior that is both modern and classy, with obvious attention to detail and a lovely music selection. It is highly recommended for anyone who is in Jeddah, especially if they feel like a fancy dinner that will delight the palate and leave you feeling fully satisfied, as it serves generous portions of delicious food.
I was particularly delighted to discover JD Lounge serves rose lattes as I have been wanting to try one for a long time. It was worth the wait. The beautifully arranged pink concoction was served topped with edible rose petals and rose powder. The aesthetic of the drink and the rich, mixed aroma of coffee and rose took my breath away before I had tasted a drop — and then when I had my first sip, it was better than I had dreamed, with the rose flavor sweet but not overwhelming.
JD Lounge can be found in northern Obhur, across from King Abdullah Medical City.