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Confronting obesity in Saudi Arabia


Slow progress towards integrated care for obesity in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia finds itself at the centre of a public-health crisis that has made the Arabian Gulf region an outlier among developed countries. The region has some of the highest levels of obesity in the world. In countries such as Saudi Arabia—where oil wealth led to dramatic changes in lifestyle earlier than in other Gulf states such as Oman—the crisis is especially acute.




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