An expert wants to avoid stigmatizing the obese

Un expert veut éviter de stigmatiser les obèses

More likely to die from the novel coronavirus, according to a british study, persons in a situation of obesity should not be stigmatized for all that, insists one expert from quebec, who invites us not to jump too quickly to conclusions.

The british government unveiled with great fanfare, Monday, a plan muscled the fight against being overweight following a study from the institute of public health, according to which people with severe obesity would be 40 % more at risk of succumbing to the COVID-19.

The strategy provides for, inter alia, that advertisements for junk food will be banned to day on tv, and that calories be displayed on menus of large restaurant chains.

In a video, the prime minister, Boris Johnson, said that her personal struggle against the coronavirus has opened her eyes and recalls his own loss of weight. He sees it as a move that will eventually help to reduce congestion in the hospitals.

A political maneuver

Quebec, where nearly two-thirds (59 %) of the adult population do not have a healthy body weight, should it be modelled on the United Kingdom ? If it encourages obviously a healthy lifestyle, the researcher at the university Institute of cardiology and respirology of Quebec, Benoît Arsenault, shows himself critical of the English approach, which he sees as ” simplistic “.

“I’m afraid whether it’s more of a political operation, an operation of public health […]. The conservative Boris Johnson want to be clear, probably, of their poor management of the crisis [coronavirus], “says this expert, worrying about the fact that the british approach seems to be” blame it on the people who are in a situation of obesity in the stigmatizing and more “, which seems to be counter-productive.

Tip of the iceberg

Age is the main risk factor for the sars coronavirus, ” says the cardiologist.

People suffering from chronic diseases such as heart problems and type 2 diabetes, which are ” in a certain proportion, explained by the obesity, are also more vulnerable.

However, ” this is not because there is an association between x and y, therefore the obesity and the complications of the COVID, that x will cause y “, he warns, concluding that” there is still much research to be done on the subject. “

“Obesity is like the tip of an iceberg that also includes racial disparities, economic inequality, poverty,” analysis, moreover, the scientific. However, the pandemic also seems to be addressing the disadvantaged, and this may be where a plan of prevention of obesity should begin, he suggests.

— With AFP

The overweight in Quebec

► 6 per cent of adults are overweight (body mass index of 25 to 30)*

► 23 % of adults suffer from obesity (body mass index greater than 30)*

► The prevalence of abdominal obesity has doubled from 1990 to 2013, from 21 % to 48% among women and from 14% to 32 % among men.

Sources : Statistics Canada and Institut national de santé publique du Québec (*2015)

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