Dubai: While oil has made Saudis richer it has also brought about lifestyle changes that has led to severe obesity in over 70 per cent of its population, according to a media report.
"Saudis accounted for 97 per cent of the total visits to the Saudi ministry of health (MoH) centres related to diabetes. This figure omits all other diabetes related complications such as cardiovascular diseases," the report said. "The economic burden associated with the disabilities and loss of life caused by diabetes will escalate, should the lifestyle not adjust," it warned.NCB cited figures by the World Bank showing that Saudi Arabia spends much on the health sector, with such allocations representing 3.3 per cent of the country`s 2008 GDP. PTI
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