Friday, August 23, 2013
Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari is in his late teens. At 1,345 pounds he is believed to be one of the heaviest, most obese, people in the world.
Saudi King Abdullah learned of his morbidly obese subject and ordered that he be transferred from his residence in the South Saudi province of Jazan to the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, to undergo treatment at the King Fahd Medical City.
It took a forklift to get Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari, strapped to his bed, to a truck to take him to a plane to fly him to Riyadh where the Fahd Medical City has built special beds and trolleys to facilitate moving Khalid.
Khalid's treatment will be a series of exercise and nutritional programs designed to help him shrink.
Apparently many nations in the Middle East have developed an obesity problem. Kuwait, at 42.8%, has the largest number of obese citizens. Saudi Arabia is slightly less obese with 35.2% its people being obese.
I was unable to find any information as to what it is that Khalid bin Mohsen Shaari consumed that caused him to put on so much weight at such a young age.
I have only observed, up close, the feeding habits of one morbidly obese person. It was easy to see why this person continually gained weight.
What I don't understand is what causes people to continue to over consume calories once they reach the point where mobility is compromised.