Belgian health experts launches “Obesity Platform Belgium” to control disease

Europe, Belgium The cases of the increasing levels of obesity have been soared in the country, so the health experts introduced the “Obesity Platform Belgium (OPB)” on Friday, May 20.

The President of the Belgian Association for the Study of Obesity, Bart Van der Schueren, mentioned in the statement, “We will generate proposals on the course of care for obese children and adults.”

The increase in obesity is part of a growing trend. The World Health Organisation has released a report in which it has been mentioned that overweight and obesity have affected nearly 60 percent of the adult population all over the European region, with nearly one in three children hit.

Moreover, the Belgian rate for individuals who are overweight or obese stands at 59.5 percent, in line with the European average. Men are worst off as compared to women, with a rate of 67.5 percent than 51.4 percent, respectively. One in four Belgian children, as well as six in ten adults, are overweight.

Excessive fat accumulation is the fourth most common risk factor in the European region, after high blood pressure, dietary risks, and tobacco.

Excess weight can be a risk factor for other diseases such as diabetes.

Along with this, in spite of the importance of the issue, health experts believe that the world has an overly simplistic view of the issue.

The individuals think that the matter can be solved by eating less as well as exercising more, but that flawed reasoning can lead to ill-informed decisions, inaccurate recommendations and an unproductive distribution of limited resources.

Furthermore, the platform’s mission is to combat prejudice and myths surrounding obesity and inform political leaders about the nature of the disease and how to treat it.




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