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ASEPO’s call to media, medical and governmental groups: Everybody Needs to Act!

ASEPO’s call to media, medical and governmental groups: Everybody Needs to Act!

“Obesity is a disease which concerns public health and the health of society.” On World Obesity Day 2022, Jesus Javier Diaz – President of the National Association for Obese People and for the Treatment of Obesity (ASEPO) in Spain – calls on media, medical and governmental group to act. See his statement below.

Transcript (English)

Hello everyone. I am Jesus Javier Diaz, President of the National Association for Obese People and for the Treatment of Obesity (ASEPO), based in Spain.

Today, as part of the celebration of World Obesity Day on 4 March 2021, under the slogan of “Everybody Needs to Act”, we make a call to all media, medical and governmental groups. On this day, which, as obese people, is so important to us, we express the following:

Obesity is a disease which concerns public health and the health of society. It affects people irrespective of sex, ethnicity, age, nationality, educational level, or economic resources. Today, due to its prevalence, obesity has become one of the largest challenges we face, and one which has reached pandemic levels in our society.

Obesity, according to its causes and physiopathology – the mechanisms which create the disease – is an endogenous disease, and within this category, a metabolic, endocrine, and inflammatory disease. What’s more it is a multifactorial disease. As a result, all of us living with obesity are chronic patients and require a diagnosis to treat our disease.

In order to see the extent of the problem, as well as its possible solutions, we need to start with a proper diagnosis for all, just as we see with other metabolic diseases – such as patients with hypertension, diabetes – which all have their own diagnoses.

We also wish that the chronicity of obesity is treated at the primary care stage, and we demand to be treated by a multidisciplinary team composed of professionals including endocrinologists, psychologists, nutritionists and sports medicine specialists.

In this context, we say Everybody Needs to Act!

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