WHO: Heart Attacks are Tunisia's Biggest Killer WHO: Heart Attacks are Tunisia's Biggest Killer
WHO: Heart Attacks are Tunisia’s Biggest Killer

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WHO: Heart Attacks are Tunisia’s Biggest Killer

Tunisian men in centreville, Tunis. Credit: Tunisia Live, Jennifer Ciochon

Tunisian men in centreville, Tunis. Credit: Tunisia Live, Jennifer Ciochon

 

Heart attacks are the top causes of death in Tunisia according to the World Health Organization.

The latest figures by the international health body claim that cardiac arrest account for 49 percent of deaths by non-contagious diseases in the country.

Worryingly WHO medical expert Yves Coppieters also claims that one in six Tunisians suffer from diabetes leading to concerns about dietary health in the country.

The shocking statistics come at a time when one in four Tunisians over the age of 35 is obese, with those in cities fairing worst.

Poor diet is one of the leading causes of both diabetes and heart problems.
According to a 2012 report by the IRD (Institute of research for development), over 60 percent of Tunisians above 35 are overweight.

Tunisian women are most likely to be overweight with seven in 10 reaching an unhealthy weight compared to half of their male counterparts.

Worryingly four in ten Tunisian women in this age category are classified as clinically obese while almost one in five men suffer the same fate.

Medics categorize anybody with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of above 25 as overweight while those who score above 30 are considered obese.

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