Visitor Submit: Obesidades Mexico | Dr. Sharma’s Weight problems Notes


Verónica Vázquez Velázquez, PhD,

Immediately’s visitor publish comes from my Mexican buddy and colleague, Verónica Vázquez Velázquez, PhD, Co-founder and President of Obesidades.

Is weight problems a single illness or are they a number of ailments with widespread scientific manifestations? Science is attempting to reply this, however each one dwelling with weight problems has their private definition. 

In Mexico, greater than 80 million youngsters, youngsters and adults stay with obese or weight problems (55% of kids from 0 to 11 years, 44% of youngsters and 74% of adults, from a complete of 126 million inhabitants). Which means that most Mexican individuals stay with irregular or extreme physique fats which will impair their well being. 

For some, weight problems is merely dwelling in a big physique, however for others, it is a illness that results in different ailments and has alienated us from our work, social and love lives. For a lot of, this additionally means dwelling beneath the crucial and biased eye of physicians, kin, pals or strangers, who assume that “that is our fault”. In actuality, weight problems outcomes from a sequence of things, some that may be managed/handled and others that we have now not chosen (comparable to biology, genetics and the setting).

I bear in mind speaking with Dr Sharma in July 2020 and may´t neglect his phrases: “What makes you indignant about what is occurring in Mexico with weight problems? What are you able to do about it? No matter it’s, make it essential and manageable. First, get collectively pals who assume alike and perceive weight problems. Then, little by little, you’ll add individuals to unfold information and advocate for change. For those who really feel keen about it, simply do it. It doesn’t have be good, it simply must be good”. 

This is the reason we based Obesidades (Spanish plural for weight problems), to offer voice to these concerned about understanding and addressing weight problems. 

We’re a non-profit group integrated in Mexico in 2020 by a psychologist/affected person in remedy, a bariatric surgeon and a doctor/affected person in remedy. Our purpose is to create a group that features individuals dwelling with weight problems, well being professionals, organizations and authorities, all joined collectively for altering the narrative round weight problems and its remedy.

Main prevention is essential, however clearly many people will, in some unspecified time in the future, require entry to well being providers providing an individualized biopsychosocial method, incorporating early prognosis and evidence-based remedies that features methods to maintain the remedy in the long run. 

All of this may occasionally appear sophisticated. Nonetheless, we will begin by altering the narrative round weight problems and its remedy, as we now understand how dangerous weight bias, adverse stereotypes, stigma, and discrimination towards individuals dwelling with weight problems actually are. 

The brand new weight problems narrative ought to embody consciousness, evidence-based training, coaching for well being professionals based mostly on an empathetic and compassionate method and may place the particular person dwelling with weight problems proper at its core.

What have we achieved?

To this point, our Obesidades group consists of greater than 10,000 healthcare professionals, individuals dwelling with weight problems, relations, pals and folks concerned about weight problems from a special perspective. We work by way of committees, social networks, and dialogue teams to place the subject on the desk and provide evidence-based data in Spanish, in order that we will be part of forces.

We started a nationwide multi-center examine in Mexico on attitudes, information and stigma among the many normal inhabitants and healthcare professionals. We launched an consciousness marketing campaign named “Weight tales”, by way of which we emphasize the harm of weight stigma, and we make individuals conscious that weight problems is a illness impacting every particular person otherwise. Additionally, we created a remedy finder (with healthcare professionals, private and non-private hospitals and clinics) to assist individuals dwelling with weight problems discover a secure, moral {and professional} place to provoke or proceed remedy.

The place are we going?

Our work has begun, and we is not going to cease till we obtain our targets, i.e.:

1. Weight problems is acknowledged and handled as a continual and multi-factorial illness. Accepting this fact just isn’t simple, however we wish to be there for these doubtful, with evidence-based data, supplied in a easy and compassionate approach.

2. Healthcare professionals are skilled for weight problems administration. To scale back weight stigma within the medical follow, so that each Mexican is obtainable sufficient remedy.

3. Stigma and discrimination are acknowledged as dangerous components that should be eradicated. Many individuals aren’t conscious of the harm of their adverse feedback, jokes, and actions. If there may be somebody undecided about methods to assist, this can be an excellent begin.

4. Verbal and visible narrative is modified. Educate the final inhabitants, authorities and associations about the usage of people-first language, in addition to together with honest and dignified photos of individuals dwelling with obese.

5. Entry is obtainable to evidence-based and long-term remedy. If we do away with weight and weight problems remedy stigma and adverse assumptions, we might scale back the time it takes earlier than speaking to a well being skilled about our weight and well being, thereby stopping us from getting sicker every single day.

Though solely two years have elapsed, there may be already far more to see from Obesidades. It is a good struggle, an excellent trigger, and an excellent crew. We is usually a bridge and an ally to attach totally different international locations from Latin America, Hispanic people who find themselves additionally scuffling with entry to extra information and higher remedies.

We’re grateful for the pathway laid out by the World Weight problems Federation, Weight problems Canada, ConscienHealth, Weight problems Motion Coalition, World Weight problems Affected person Alliance, Weight problems UK, European Affiliation for the Examine of Weight problems, European Coalition for Individuals dwelling with Weight problems, and Asociación Bariátrica Hispalis, all of whom have taught us to by no means surrender, regardless of how troublesome the trail might look.

“We with weight problems stay in a world that reminds us of it. We all know the impression this has on our well being. Many people attempt to care for it each day, however typically the illness is stronger than us, it defeats our methods, our will. That’s the reason we deserve empathy and remedy” Cristina, 47 years previous.

Verónica Vázquez Velázquez, PhD
Mexico Metropolis, Mexico

In regards to the writer: Verónica Vázquez Velázquez, PhD in Psychology, is president of Obesidades. She can also be a scientific psychologist on the Weight problems and Consuming Problems Clinic of the Nationwide Institute of Medical Sciences and Diet Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ) in Mexico since 2000. Professor at totally different universities, she has printed greater than 45 scientific papers and guide chapters and has co-edited the “Obesities Guide: A possibility to enhance the well being of your affected person”. She has 21 years of scientific expertise with sufferers dwelling with weight problems and their households, within the creation of psychoeducational interventions, within the coaching of healthcare professionals and in scientific analysis. E mail: [email protected]


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