Lack of physical exercise, avoidance of exposure to sunlight and wrong eating habits are the three main reasons that push Saudis to suffer chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular ailments, nerve diseases, peptic ulcers, tension and headache and back pain.

Dr. Asaad Al-Nimr, a psychologist, disclosed this during a lecture at Awamiya Cultural Society. He said 31.2 percent of highly obese women contracted diseases for not practicing physical exercises. About 33.8 percent of women suffer from obesity.

“Studies have also showed that 25.1 percent of women suffer from obesity in the abdominal area and while 47.1 percent suffer from excessive obesity in the same area,” Al-Watan Arabic daily quoted Al-Nimr as saying.