Nearly half of Saudi women aged between 30 and 45 years are fat and this makes them more vulnerable to heart diseases, according to a medical study published in a local newspaper on Monday.
The study about heart problems in the Gulf Kingdom was conducted by Salman Medical Centre at King Fahd Health City in Riyadh and covered Saudi women aged 30-45 years, Alyoum Arabic language daily said.
“The study found that nearly 50 per cent of the women surveyed are suffering from obesity,” the paper said, quoting Dr Mustafa Yousuf, the Centre’s head.
“These results constitute an alert for the future because obesity often leads to high blood pressure, diabetes and heart problems.”
He said the study also found that 23-25 per cent of those women suffered from hypertension, adding that 55-75 per cent of the heart patients at the Centre had diabetes. “This means we have a big problem, which should be taken into consideration and attended to.”