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Declaration

A commitment to tackle obesity

 

The goal of the initiative entitled "Doctors involved in combatting obesity", promoted by Fundación PronoKal®, is to raise awareness among healthcare professionals and the general public of the need to prevent and treat overweight and obesity. If you would like to commit to working in the treatment of these diseases and in helping to prevent their occurrence in future generations, please read the Declaration. Join us!

The more support we have, the better we will be able to offer our proposals to other reference groups such as medical associations, governmental organizations, patient associations and public figures in order to tackle this problem together.

Declaration of doctors tackling obesity

The doctors and healthcare professionals who have signed this declaration are from different medical specialities, and have come together to take part in the campaign led by Fundación PronoKal®, entitled “Doctors Involved in Combatting Obesity". We all agree that overweight/obesity is the most serious epidemic of the 21st century. They are diseases with serious consequences and affect both children and adults. More than 1 in 10 people are affected by this problem.

Our work as health professionals is essential in detecting, preventing and treating these pathologies. We would therefore like to set out a series of key points to work on and promote in order to tackle obesity.

1. PREVENTION AND SOCIAL AWARENESS

Raising social awareness about obesity and good habits is the first step towards modifying a patient’s lifestyle, as well as in preventing the disease and its accompanying risk factors. We must make people aware of this illness and its consequences and offer alternatives which will help put the patient on the path towards a healthy lifestyle.

2. IDENTIFYING AND HELPING THE PATIENT

Obesity is the second cause of premature and avoidable death after tobacco, both in developed and in developing countries. It is therefore essential to detect the pathology, especially during its initial stages, and avoid it progressing to a point where it becomes a health risk. Body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) measurements are considered to be the most useful indicators for determining the degree of overweight or obesity of a patient, and are a quick and easy system available to all healthcare professionals.

3. TREATMENT

It is important to offer the patient safe and effective tools for the treatment of obesity, in line with recognized international strategies. These are tools based on a) a multidisciplinary treatment, b) lifestyle changes, and c) medium- and long-term weight-loss maintenance.

4. RESEARCH AND PUBLICATION

Public and private research on the illness and methods of treatment allow us to make improvements and advances, helping us to better understand the pathology and treat it in the most appropriate way possible according to each patient profile. Any advances made should be published and communicated accordingly, making them available to the different target groups.

It is our obligation to work in all of these areas with the aim of helping the patient reach his/her goal, thus helping to lower the mortality rate derived from this pathology and its associated comorbidities.

I therefore commit to contributing with my example, adopting all necessary measures to tackle obesity, both personally and professionally.

If you would like to participate in our declaration, you can do so on our website: www.fundacionpronokal.org