The press conference of the Saudi Society of Family and Community Medicine shed light on international medical research that confirms the extent of the danger that obesity causes on the category of adolescents in the Kingdom, in light of the steady increase of obese adolescents.
A study conducted by King Saud University for Health Sciences indicates that most Saudi teenage girls do not eat breakfast and follow a high-sugar diet, as a result of consuming large quantities of fast food and soft drinks. The Saudi Society for Family Medicine held its virtual press conference today. In order to raise health awareness against the dangers of obesity, with the participation of a group of doctors and consultants specializing in family and community medicine, pediatrics and endocrinology from the Association, and from the major medical and research centers in the Kingdom.
The General Supervisor of the Society’s branch in Jeddah, Dr. Sami Bin Saleh Eid, explained that the association aims, through organizing this conference, to increase the spread of health awareness in the community, especially with regard to the harms and risks of obesity on adolescents between the ages of 10-19.
For his part, the Vice President of the Society, Consultant Family Medicine Consultant, Dr. Ashraf Amir, in a lecture entitled “The Role of the Family Physician in Combating Obesity”, explained the importance of the role that the family doctor provides to his community. The family doctor returned as the first line of defense to protect society from the dangers of these diseases. In addition, Dr. Melvin de Souza shed light, during the conference, on international medical research that confirms the extent of the danger caused by obesity on adolescents in the world, especially in the Kingdom, which necessitated holding this awareness conference to warn of disease and introduce methods and mechanisms of its treatment.
Pediatric endocrinology consultant at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center Dr. Bassam bin Abbas stressed the importance of observing the weight of adolescents and children, indicating that the rate of obesity increases in children as a result of lack of physical and movement activity, in addition to eating fast foods that contain a high amount of calories and non-fats. Saturated.
The conference touched on the percentage of obesity among children in the Kingdom from the age of 10 to 19 years, which reached 17.1% during 2017, and it is expected that the percentage will increase in 2023 to 23.3%.