Obesity costing Jordan JD650 million annually

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AMMAN — The expense of treating obesity and the resulting chronic diseases cost Jordan around JD650 million annually, according to a statement by President of Al-Ahliyya Amman University Sari Hamdan, in a study published by the National Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Khabrni News reported.اضافة اعلان

During a lecture entitled “health, psychological, social, and economic aspects of sport” at the Jordan Society for Scientific Research, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity, on Monday, he said that the rate of obesity among Jordanian women stands at 84 percent and men 80 percent. The study also revealed that the mortality rate from obesity is 10 percent annually. The study ranked Jordan among the top 10 countries in the world for obesity of its citizens.

He added that physical activities improve overall health, increase the vital capacity of the lungs, develop the muscle system, reduce prevalent diseases, especially heart disease and excessive obesity, and improve physical fitness, harmonious bodily composition, and weight control.

He called for scheduling food at the right times, skipping between meals snacks and refraining from sugar once and for all: because sugars that exist in carbohydrates and fruits is enough for the body.

A presentation of the psychological aspects of sport, noted the improvement of psychological satisfaction with the shape of the body, in turn reducing the anxiety of exercising and increases self-confidence. He noted that in Jordan there are more than 3000 fitness centers that are licensed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and there are more than 15,000 employees in such centers, and the demand for these centers has been increasing over the years.

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