MoH plans 5 centers for obesity treatment

MoH plans 5 centers for obesity treatment
Updated 28 November 2013

MoH plans 5 centers for obesity treatment

MoH plans 5 centers for obesity treatment

The Ministry of Health intends to fight the obesity epidemic by setting up five centers for obesity treatment in four major cities across the Kingdom.
“Two such centers are being planned in the capital, and centers are also being set up in Jeddah, Dammam and Asir,” said Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Humeidi, undersecretary for therapeutic services at the Ministry of Health, on Wednesday.
The official said that 40 percent of people in the 10 to 25-year age bracket are obese in the Kingdom.
“Unless we embark on a comprehensive program, the disease can grow at an alarming rate,” he said.
The ministry, he said, will organize a nationwide awareness campaign to raise awareness about healthy food and the importance of physical exercises and to warn members of the public of health risks associated with obesity.
“We are currently working on drawing a plan for the centers’ functions and budget,” he said, adding that the centers will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
In addition, qualified personnel will be deployed to treat and advise obese patients.
Al-Humeidi said: “We will see to it that patients are treated locally and discourage them from going abroad for treatment.”
According to MoH General Nutrition Supervisor, Mishary Al-Dakheel, rapid social and economic changes in the society, coupled with demographic and epidemic transformations in the Kingdom, had increased health risks associated with obesity.
Lifestyle changes, overeating and lack of physical exercise, he said, have led to new diseases related to nutrition, such as obesity, osteoporosis, inflammatory bowel disease, allergy and coronary cardiac diseases.







Professor Mourad Abdel Kareem El-Mourad, senior adviser to the Diabetes National Program at the Ministry of Health, said: “In the 1980’s, only five percent of the population was suffering from diabetes. Today, this number has more than tripled. Saudis have become increasingly susceptible to type 2 diabetes.”