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About Obesity

A global problem

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified obesity and overweight as the epidemic of the 21st century, a problem with serious consequences affecting both adults and children alike. It is therefore essential that societies, associations and public figures show their commitment and aid in prevention.

Global figures show that obesity is the second cause of premature, avoidable death after tobacco, both in developed and in developing countries. It is a disease affecting more than 1 in 10 people, which means a total of 502 million obese people on the planet.

Obesity is a disease linked to a series of chronic, but avoidable comorbidities: respiratory and cardiac distress, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. These are only a few examples of problems which can increase a person's risk of death and decrease their quality of life when left untreated. We can also add psychological factors such as low self-esteem, interpersonal relationship problems and discrimination, which impede a person's ability to recover.

 When we address obesity and overweight, we cannot point to a single genetic origin; rather, we are dealing with a multi-factor disease. A sedentary lifestyle, excess calorie intake, poor eating habits, etc. are the most notable factors behind this illness.