Obesity in Saudi Arabia is a growing health concern, with health officials stating that it is one of the country's leading causes of preventable deaths. 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).[1] 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.[2]

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  1. ^ Lauren Streib (February 8, 2007). "World's Fattest Countries". Forbes. Archived from the original on October 16, 2007. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
  2. ^ Khan, Fouzia (17 February 2014). "70% of Saudis are obese, says study". Arab News. Retrieved 27 October 2014.