It Is Obesity And It Is Killing Us

It Is Obesity And It Is Killing Us

Response after Ibai’s attacks on this medium for encouraging him to adopt healthier lifestyle habits

The popular ‘streamer’ Ibai Llanos has charged this week in one of his directs against this newspaper for encouraging him to adopt healthier lifestyle habits. Far from the ‘clickbait’ and the fatophobia that Ibai denounces, the problem that our society suffers from is obesity, one of the main causes of death worldwide.

20% of the world population is obese, a pathology that claims the lives of 1.2 million Europeans each year, as revealed by the ‘Regional Report on Obesity’, presented in 2022 by the World Health Organization.


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This study also pointed out that one in three school-age children, one in four adolescents and almost 60% of the adult population in Europe is overweight or obese.

To find the origin of this pandemic, it is not necessary to look very far back, as Manel Puig Domingo, professor and head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital and Research Institute (IGTP) in Barcelona, ​​told me in an interview. “It starts in the 80s, when food additives began to be added and ‘fast food’ proliferated, a culture that exploded in the United States. If we go to a place where, for $10, they offer an ‘all you can eat’ (all you can eat), things are not going well. And if, on top of that, the meals have a high fat content and are accompanied by sweetened drinks, the issue becomes even more complicated”.

And the problem with all this is that, now, turning back is becoming more and more complicated, as Puig Domingo also explained to me. “In addition to all the power of the food industry and the money that it drags, there is an indisputable phenomenon: very fatty foods cause such a pleasant hormonal storm in our senses that we cannot stop eating them. There is a phenomenon of repetition of the intake, something that, for example, does not happen to us when we eat an apple”.

And most discouraging of all is how this global epidemic is affecting the little ones: “It has gone from less than 3% of obese children in the 1990s to more than 10% today. which is tremendously worrying if one takes into account that an obese child will be a sick adult”, asserts Dr. Puig Domingo.

“Assuring that childhood and adolescence grow up in a healthy way means making it possible for these environments to promote healthy lifestyles: an active life, a healthy diet, emotional well-being and good rest habits. To ensure that this happens, it is necessary to reinforce the services public, protect their health and promote a cultural change to make these lifestyles desirable and enjoyable.In this mission, we must all work together: families, teachers, health professionals, companies, the media, third sector entities, public administrations of all levels and, of course, the children and adolescents themselves”, proclaims the ‘National Strategic Plan for the Reduction of Childhood Obesity’ (2022 – 2030), coordinated by the High Commissioner against Childhood Poverty with the Gasol Foundation as a key ally.

To this mission, which right now seems almost impossible, we should each give ourselves to the best of our ability and with our ‘humble’ ability to arrive. Because this is not a matter of phobias, but of public health.

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