[Net-Gold] MEDICAL CONDITIONS: OBESITY: Fat Used to be Celebrated in Guatemala, Now Unhelpful Obesity Advice is Causing Weight Anxiety

 

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MEDICAL CONDITIONS: OBESITY:

Fat Used to be Celebrated in Guatemala,
Now Unhelpful Obesity Advice is Causing Weight Anxiety

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Fat Used to be Celebrated in Guatemala,
Now Unhelpful Obesity Advice is Causing Weight Anxiety

12/31/2016 09:31 am ET

Emily Yates-Doerr,

University of Amsterdam

The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/the-conversation-global/ fat-used-to-be-celebrated_b_13911788.html

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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In a recent study published by the Lancet, doctors advised or actively helped patients to lose weight, even though they had not sought weight loss advice. The scientists who conducted the study worried that doctors are too hesitant to talk with patients about weight.

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Based on their findings, they suggested that doctors, internationally, should be less concerned. If physicians act in accordance with the guidelines, patients are likely to welcome the intervention and lose a significant amount of weight.

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This led to breathless headlines in major media publications. The Telegraph declared GPs should put overweight patients on diets regardless of their reason for visiting, while The Guardian proclaimed GPs should not worry about offending obese patients, finds study.

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The research made its way from the BBC into social media as The 30 second chat can trigger weight loss. The message that quick weight loss education is necessary and effective quickly spread through Canada, New Zealand the United States and beyond.

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But the idea that doctors should necessarily put patients on diets is harmful, as is the accompanying message that fat people need more information about their weight.

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I say this as an anthropologist who has studied obesity prevention programmes in highland Guatemala over the past decade. As obesity has become a health concern globally, weight loss information has proliferated throughout the country – with questionable effect on the prevalence of obesity.

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Information overload

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Fatness in Guatemala has long been a marker of health, beauty and prestige. In recent years, body weight scales have appeared in rural marketplaces, on street corners, and in central parks. For a few cents, people can step on them to learn how much they weigh. Sometimes they do so just for the novelty.

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In recent years, body weight scales have appeared in rural Guatemala.
Emily Yates-Doerr, Author provided

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But very often people weigh themselves because they have been taught that weight is unhealthy. They have learned that one can be over a recommended weight, that weight is something to be watched.

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That message is stressed by the advertising that surrounds them, which promotes diet foods through images of health and happiness. Health campaigns underscore the point as well. Women who once padded their handwoven dresses to make them look plumper are now taught in both clinics and community-run classes to lose weight.

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Educators in Guatemala are quick to attribute obesity to a lack of information, saying, People dont even know they are overweight. Ive heard this from health workers in rural and urban settings on numerous occasions. But its often incorrect. Word about the dangers of being fat has travelled quickly and spread widely.

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My findings are not isolated. Anthropologists working in India, Samoa, and numerous other countries where fatness was recently desirable have all found that people now know they are supposed to be thinner.

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And yet obesity rates still continue to rise both worldwide and in Guatemala.

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Hidden dangers

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What didnt make the headlines about the recent Lancet study is that the doctors involved in the intervention didnt simply talk to patients about weight loss. They supported patients to find effective, group-oriented weight management programmes that were free of cost, thanks to socialised health care in the United Kingdom where the study took place. They also provided free follow-up care.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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Sincerely,
David Dillard
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