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Saudi obesity: man airlifted from home after two years in bed

19/08/13 22:57 CET

A bedridden Saudi man, Khalid Moshin Shaeri, weighs in at 610 kg, making him one of the heaviest people in the world. He has been home for the last two-and-a-half-years. Not by choice, but because he could not get out of the house, despite needing hospital treatment.

That treatment had to wait until now. His home was partly demolished to get him out in a specially designed bed. A forklift eased him into a waiting ambulance from where he was transferred to an aircraft bound for King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh.

Khalid will undergo dietary treatment and physical programmes to help him lose weight.

The people of Saudi Arabia have one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and some of the fastest expanding waistlines. That is no coincidence. Economic growth brings lifestyle changes and unhealthy choices: faster food in bigger portions and lack of exercise, making an estimated one in three Saudis overweight.

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