The specialists believe that the scarcity of economic resources and lack of culture are directly related to the development of obesity and other pathologies associated with overweight such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Federico Sorigue, head of the Endocrinology Service at the Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga, says that compared to college students who lack studies are up to four times more likely to be obese, which also increases their risk of suffering from other diseases.

Compared to college students, people who lack studies are up to four times more likely to be obese

Sorigue insists that it is, above all, a cultural problem related to social inequality, and that genetic influence is minimal, and points out that in Spain the long-term prognosis is not good because the model of society we have, with an excess of sedentary lifestyle and children who do not follow a balance diet, it does not seem like it will change in the next few years.

Alfonso Leal, endocrinologist at the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville, who has presided over the 36th congress of the Andalusian Society of Endocrinology and Nutrition (SAEN) held recently in Seville, agrees that the environment of people (their family and education) and access to culture and its economic possibilities have a decisive influence on obesity. And points out that obese patients should be aware that in addition to rights have obligations, since it is shown that people get fat because they eat more than they need and not because they suffer a genetic predisposition, so they should eat less and exercise for lose weight.

Sorigue is also director of the national study '[email protected]', which has analyzed 6,000 people of age and has shown that 13.8% have diabetes but that almost half of them did not know. Regarding the prevalence of obesity in our country, according to the data revealed by the study, it reaches 28% of the adult population, although it is distributed unequally throughout the Spanish territory, being Andalusia, with 34% obese, the autonomous community most affected by this problem and, consequently, by diabetes, which has a prevalence of 15% there.

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