Turkey is the first in Europe and 3rd-4th in the world in obesity. Stating that he is in the queue, General Surgery Specialist Op. Dr. A. Murat Koca emphasized that urgent measures should be taken in the fight against obesity. Noting that a sedentary lifestyle and malnutrition are the main causes of obesity, Koca emphasized that awareness of proper nutrition should be increased at all ages.
May 22 is recognized as the "European Obesity Day" by the European Association for the Study Of Obesity (EASO).
Üsküdar University NPİSTANBUL Brain Hospital General Surgery Specialist Op. Dr. A. Murat Koca, in his statement on the occasion of the European Obesity Day, evaluated the harms of obesity and what should be done about the precautions.
Obesity is the most important health problem
Kiss. Dr. A. Murat Koca stated that obesity is the most important health problem of people in our world, which consumes its resources rapidly and said, “Obesity is the storage of excess energy source in the body as fat in the body after consuming foods that are more than one's needs and with high caloric value." said.
BMI over 30 is classified as obesity
Saying that body weight higher than the normal limit affects life expectancy, Op. Dr. A. Murat Koca, “If the body weight is more than 20% higher than the normal limit, obesity occurs and impairs the quality and duration of life. If the result is above 30 kg/m2 according to the body mass index (BMI) used in the obesity calculation, there is obesity. According to BMI, 18-25 is classified as normal weight, 25-30 as overweight, above 30 as obesity and above 40 as Morbid Obesity. said.
Causes many health problems
Noting that a sedentary lifestyle and malnutrition are the main causes of obesity, Op. Dr. A. Murat Koca also said that genetic predisposition is also important.
"Obesity is a metabolic problem that affects the whole body," said Op. Dr. A. Murat Koca said, “It can lead to cardiovascular system disease, diabetes (type 2), sleep apnea, certain cancers, bone and joint system disorders. It can also cause depression, menstrual problems and infertility, early dementia, high cholesterol, gout, high blood pressure, fatty liver, pregnancy and baby problems, impotence, gallbladder and pancreas problems. warned.
Proper nutrition awareness should be increased
Emphasizing that measures for obesity should be at every stage of life, Op. Dr. A. Murat Koca noted that only this way would a healthy individual and society become a healthy individual, and listed the things to be done in the fight against obesity as follows:
- First of all, everyone should be educated and made aware of proper nutrition.
- Training should be provided for individuals with a balanced diet.
- Avoid high-calorie and fatty foods.
- Consideration should be given to the consumption of vegetables and fruits.
- High carbohydrate foods should be avoided.
- Animal foods should be consumed in a limited way and attention should be paid to the fat ratio.
- Overfeeding and ready-to-eat foods should be avoided as much as possible.
- Movement and sports habits should be acquired.
- Enough water should be consumed.
Turkey is the first in Europe in obesity
Emphasizing that overnutrition and obesity will negatively affect health in every aspect, Op. Dr. A. Murat Koca concluded his words by emphasizing that precautions should be taken in the fight against obesity:
“Today, Turkey is the first in Europe and the 3rd-4th in the world. is in the queue and is increasingly being dragged into an inextricable situation. Overweight and obesity, as well as malnutrition, should be combated in all media. Each postponed day takes something more from our lives, so if there are problems with weight and nutrition, steps should be taken now. If necessary, a specialist should be consulted.”