30 anti-obesity gyms to open soon

Updated 30 December 2014
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30 anti-obesity gyms to open soon

A local businessman plans to open 30 gyms across the Kingdom to help fight the country’s obesity epidemic.
Makarem Sobhi Batterjee, previous coach of the Kingdom’s youth team, who heads Shababco Lifestyle Co., said that the government should also assist in setting up gyms to counter this growing trend.
He said that America and Germany are the two countries on their continents that have the greatest levels of obesity. The Kingdom is the main Arab country afflicted with this problem, mostly affecting women, which could create a great deal of problems for individuals and society as a whole.
Batterjee said more children are suffering from obesity than ever before, and urged parents to educate their offspring about proper eating and exercising.
“This problem is mainly caused by fast food and the high amounts of fat, soda drinks and chips that are consumed. In addition people are not involved in sports.” He is also considering opening up gyms for children.
According to reports, 68 percent of Saudi men and women are overweight. Around 18.3 percent of Saudis suffer from diabetes, which is mainly caused by obesity and genetic factors. These rates are more alarming in a young society where 75 percent of citizens are under 21 years of age. Studies found that 18 percent of the Kingdom’s children suffer from obesity, 24 percent of men and 37 percent of women.
Around 67.7 percent of Saudis do not move enough to burn their daily intake of calories. Obesity is the main cause of high blood pressure, affecting 21.3 percent of Saudi citizens.


King Salman: An honor for Saudi Arabia to serve Hajj pilgrims

Updated 21 August 2018
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King Salman: An honor for Saudi Arabia to serve Hajj pilgrims

  • King Salman arrived in Mina, in the holy city of Makkah on Monday, to supervise services being provided to pilgrims
  • Government data show that 2.371 million pilgrims are participating in this year’s Hajj

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday expressed his pleasure to serve fellow Muslims undertaking this year’s Hajj pilgrims.
“The greatest honor that God has honored our country is its service to the guests of the Rahman, and with Eid Al-Adha, I call upon him to complement the pilgrims and to perpetuate good and peace for our nation and the rest of the country,” the kingdom’s ruler posted in Arabic in his Twitter account.
King Salman arrived in Mina, in the holy city of Makkah on Monday, to supervise services being provided to almost 2.4 million Muslims gathered for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the largest annual global gatherings. He was accompanied by several senior officials, including Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif.
Government data show that 2.371 million pilgrims are participating in this year’s Hajj, with 1.758 million of them coming from outside Saudi Arabia including Asian countries, European nations and European states.