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Between 1975 and 2016, how did worldwide obesity rates change?
TripledAccording to the World Health Organisation (2016), there are around 2 billion adults currently living with overweight, of which 650 million are considered to be affected by obesity. The World Obesity Federation estimates that by 2030 1 billion people globally will be living with obesity.
True or false?
The only way to lose weight is to eat less and move more.
FalseObesity is a complex medical condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environment, and lifestyle. Recent research has shown that weight gain can lead to a network of metabolic changes.
Myth or fact?
Obesity causes diabetes.
MythObesity is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes (T2D) but not a direct cause. Obesity can increase the risk of developing metabolic syndrome, T2D, cardiovascular disease and several types of cancer.
True or false?
The trend toward body positivity means that I cannot raise issues around body weight with my patients.
FalseIt can be difficult to talk about weight – and there may be a case for metabolically healthy obesity in some people – but if done appropriately and without stigma it is possible to talk about a patient’s weight in relation to their health.
Andreea Ciudin, MD, PhD
University Hospital Vall d’Hebron
Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain