More than 60% of the in­sured peo­ple in Oman over­weight

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More than 60 per cent of peo­ple in­sured in Oman are over­weight, new re­search has shown.

A lack of phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, poor diet and bad lifestyle choices are to blame for 62 per cent of the in­sured pop­u­la­tion be­ing over­weight, ac­cord­ing to a study com­piled by the Oman In­surance Com­pany (OIC).

Re­sults showed that 66 per cent of In­di­ans and 70 per cent of Pak­ista­nis were over­weight, as well as 54 per cent of Filipinos. Within the male pop­u­la­tion, 67 per cent were over­weight com­pared to 59 per cent over­weight fe­males.

The link be­tween phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and weight was re­flected through this anal­y­sis. While 19 per cent of the peo­ple in the healthy weight group said they don’t ex­er­cise even for 2.5 hours a week, the number rose to 27 per cent for the over­weight pop­u­la­tion.

“Know­ing that a per­son is over­weight is the first step to take charge of his/her health con­di­tion,” said Dr Yasser Khal­ifa, head of med­i­cal in­surance at OIC.

“Un­for­tu­nately, a ma­jor­ity of the over­weight pop­u­la­tion is still un­aware of its health con­di­tion as the sur­vey re­vealed that only 20 per cent of over­weight re­spon­dents have been di­ag­nosed for this con­di­tion by doc­tors. Be­ing over­weight is a ma­jor risk fac­tor for car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases such as strokes, diabetes and some can­cers of the kid­ney and breast, among oth­ers.”

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