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Obesity may affect 30% of the Brazilian population in 2030.

This week, Dr.Carlos Schiavon, bariatric surgeon and one of the co-founders of the NGO Obesidade Brasil, spoke about the high projection of obesity in the Brazilian population in Folha de São Paulo and Record News.

World obesity has almost tripled since 1975. Currently, there are approximately 41 million people over 18 years of age with obesity in Brazil, corresponding to 26% of the population. This number more than doubled between 2003 and 2019 and is forecast to continue increasing worldwide.

According to a study published by the World Obesity Federation in March 2022, there is a forecast of 30% of adults with obesity in Brazil in 2030, corresponding to about 47 million Brazilians. In 2019, another study pointed out that overweight and obesity were already the cause of 168,000 deaths per year.

A survey carried out by the Ipsos Institute with 22,000 people aged 16 to 74 between October 23 and November 6, 2020, and released in January 2021, concluded that social isolation had consequences on people's physical health. The survey showed that 51% of Brazilians had gained weight since the beginning of the pandemic.

According to data from the Brazilian Society of Bariatric Surgery, the number of procedures performed by the SUS (Unified Health System) reduced by 69.9% between 2019 and 2020 due to reducing surgeries during the pandemic. “Surgery changes many aspects of patients' lives. The first is the relationship with food, as patients start to eat smaller portions and healthier, less caloric foods. Weight loss facilitates the practice of physical activity that was difficult before surgery and often accompanied by pain. Self-esteem also improves a lot”, explains Dr. Carlos Schiavon, bariatric surgeon and Teaching and Research Coordinator at the Center for Obesity and Bariatric Surgery at Hospital BP - A Beneficência Portuguesa de São Paulo.

“Excess weight overloads the bone and joint system, causing orthopedic problems. In addition, it is associated with several other problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, asthma, increased cholesterol, headache, and cancer. A balanced diet based on fruits, vegetables, legumes, fiber and moderate consumption of red meat, fats, and carbohydrates greatly influences health”, explains Dr. Andrea Pereira, Clinical Nutrition Physician at the Department of Oncology and Hematology at Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein and co-founder of the NGO Obesidade Brasil, the first non-profit organization in the world aimed at people with obesity.

According to the nutritionist, the preference should always be for what is natural. “I often say that we should peel much more than unwrapping since the uncontrolled intake of processed and processed foods is also a cause of diseases such as cancer. The practice of physical activity combined with a good diet is essential for a healthy life”, adds Dr. Andrea.

One of the significant barriers in the search for obesity treatment is prejudice. “Many people believe that obesity is not a disease and relate it to a lack of willpower, character flaw, or something easily controllable. But that's not true. The treatment of obesity encompasses different fronts, such as dietary reeducation, regular practice of physical activity, medication, psychological counseling, and bariatric surgery”, concludes psychologist Andrea Levy, president of the NGO Obesidade Brasil.

Obesity is a complex and multifactorial disease, suffering from prejudice worldwide. Therefore, several measures must be taken about this disease to reduce these numbers predicted for 2030, improving the health and quality of life of millions of Brazilians.

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