Obesity in Saudi Arabia
Obesity in Saudi Arabia is a growing health concern, with health officials stating that it is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in Saudi Arabia. According to Forbes, Saudi Arabia ranks 29 on a 2007 list of the fattest countries with a percentage of 68.3% of its citizens being overweight (BMI>25). Compounding the problem, according to a presentation at the 3rd International Obesity Conference in February 2014, is that obesity-related surgeries are not covered under Saudi healthcare.
According to statistics, obesity in Saudi Arabia is found among females more than males. However, the case is the opposite in urban areas.