- October 15, 2017 at 19:03 #3770
If current trends continue, more than 2 billion people will be overweight until 2030, and more than 1 billion is going to be obese. Those overweight and obese will comprise less than 60% of the world’s population. As knowledge of the causes of this pervasive condition progresses, the cyclic and progressive nature of the weight problem becomes obvious. Weight problems in parents lead to genetic, epigenetic and behavior pressures on offspring, who then enter their childbearing years already facing the challenges of weight problems. The pregnancy supplies a unique chance to challenge this cycle and exert changes to enhance the healthiness of mom and her children. Because of this, it is imperative that obstetric providers address this challenging medical and societal issue.
Barriers towards the dialogue and management of weight problems are ample. Weight and body image could be carefully associated with self-esteem, and many providers hesitate to challenge an obese patient’s body image. Cultural and societal preferences may favor elevated adiposity and are among the hardest factors to alter. The overweight condition has gone through some normalization in urban populations because the majority is overweight, normal weight is regarded as too thin. Finally, many resource-poor cities do not offer easy access to fresh and well-balanced food; these “food deserts” lead residents to depend on fast, cheap pre-made food instead of cook at own home.
The dialogue with patients regarding their perceptions of the weight, its health effects and the opportunity to make sustainable nutrition and exercise changes must be the initial point to start from. A non-judgmental, inquisitive approach can make the dialogue about weight and weight problems more fruitful for the parties.
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