Morbid obesity has increased 200 percent in Spain, according to a study by the Spanish Society of Cardiology (SEC), which is published in the 'Revista Española de Cardiología'. In only 13 years, from 1993 to 2006, there has gone from having 1.8 inhabitants out of every 1,000 with morbid obesity, to 6.1.

A normal Body Mass Index (BMI) is between 18 and 24, while a person with morbid obesity has an ICM equal to or greater than 40. This problem continues to affect women more (6.8 of every thousand women and 5.4 of each thousand men), although the relative growth among men has been three times higher.

A person with morbid obesity has an ICM equal to or greater than 40

The president of the SEC, Carlos Macaya, associates obesity with an "educational and social culture problem", and warns that in our country "food is very bad in terms of quality and quantity", since there is a "clear tendency to overeat and choose a carbohydrate-based diet (...), which are the easiest molecule to burn, but if you do not move and you do not burn it, it turns into fat. " Obesity not only produces cardiovascular disorders, but problems in the joints or in the respiratory system such as apneas.

The research that has revealed these figures, carried out by the University of Navarra, also concludes that the growth of the prevalence of morbid obesity is faster than that of a milder obesity (more than 200 percent in the first versus 65 percent). one hundred of the second).

"Morbid obesity has increased more because the obese with milder pathology have exceeded the limit of the morbid," explains Macaya, who warns that this situation is "a serious public health problem", which, with "all safety will go on the increase if serious interventions are not made ".

We are getting too close to the obesity figures that the United States had twenty years ago

"The results of this study force us to urgently take effective preventive measures, because we are getting too close to the obesity figures that the United States had twenty years ago." At present, the North American country has a prevalence of morbid obesity of between 5 and 6 percent of the population. At the moment we do not reach 1 percent, but we are tending to reach these figures in a few years ", adds the professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health of the University of Navarra, Miguel Ángel Martínez.

Source: SEC / EUROPA PRESS

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