United States of America .- Research to explore obesity-related barriers and perspectives to educate and raise awareness of the disease in the world has been announced today in Nashville, Tennessee, in an obesity weekly.
Dr. Ricardo Reynoso, in an interview with Efe, said, "We have done research that helps us to identify attitudes, behaviors, and barriers that exist around obesity.
The study's coordinator, Action, said 14,500 people, including 2,800 obesity and health experts, will take part in 11 surveys on five continents.
Australia, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom.
"We have worked with the public," he said, "although it has divided the question from diverse fields, from stage 1 to professionals, to obese people and professionals."
This type of study should generally provide information to the population, health workers and authorities to develop a strategy to understand the origins of obesity and fight it out, he said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, 19 million adults over the age of 18 were overweight, of which 6.5 million were obese.
In Mexico, 72% of the adult population suffers from obesity, and 33% of the children live with the disease. This is the lowest incidence for adults and the 1st for children.
"This study can provide information on the current status of countries such as Mexico, the perceptions and attitudes of obese patients and how health professionals handle them," said Dr. Verónica Velázquez.
He added that the idea is to warn society about all the means to reduce the stigma that can lead to obesity.
In that sense, Dr. Ada Cuevas, a member of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, has reported that obesity has increased in Chile over the past decade.
"But many people do not pay attention to it," he said, "and many people are looking for a solution, but only a small part of it loses a lot of weight."
Also, those who are trying to lose weight have few people who can maintain their ideal weight, he added.
He explained that one of the main hurdles to explain this is the stressful life that people currently have, which can cause food anxiety.
"On the other hand, the cost of healthy food, the lack of exercise time, the cost of treatment and the inability to maintain healthy lifestyles for a long time is a factor preventing effective fighting against this disease," Cuevas said.
The study has already been conducted in the US and Canada in 2015, with the first results.
Dr. Soren Kruse Lilleore said that only 55% of the patients were diagnosed with the disease, only 24% of whom received appropriate treatment.
Kruse explained that most patients and health workers have found that it minimizes the problem and makes it difficult to find effective tools to combat the disease.
Finally, Reynoso said the findings are expected to be officially announced in the middle of next year to influence population, health workforce education and public policymaking. "He said.