In Catalonia, overweight cases have increased by more than 2% in two years. Obesity grows and with it the risk of cancer
Catalonia not only has to deal with the resolution of the procés and the independence movement, because there is also a health problem that is affecting its inhabitants and of which many experts are warning. It is about obesity, a disease from which 2.8 million people die every year around the world, according to the WHO (World Health Organization).
The medical community is focusing its interest on Catalonia, since, according to the 2018 Health Survey published by the Department of Health of the Generalitat, obesity cases have gone from 12.7% in 2006 to 14.9% in 2018. The figures for overweight are also growing, from 34.7% in 2010 to 36.3% in 2018.
Catalonia is the second community in Spain with the highest number of new cases of colon cancer, which is related to obesity
These data make Catalonia the second community in Spain with the largest number of new cases of colon cancer, one of the most frequent cases related to obesity, according to the Cancer Observatory of the Spanish Association against Cancer.
Obese people in Catalonia do not ask for help
99% of obese people residing in Catalonia do not receive any treatment, says Dr. López-Nava, director of the Endoscopy Obesity Treatment Unit at the HM Delfos Hospital in Barcelona.
" Losing weight on your own is very difficult, only 5% of those who try to achieve their goal and stay in weight. For this reason, we want to encourage people who are overweight or obese to seek professional help, "says the expert.
99% of obese people living in Catalonia do not receive any treatment
In Spain (as a whole), however, the situation is also worrying, since the percentage of the population that suffers from overweight and obesity has gone from 7% to 17% in just three decades.
Obesity, closely related to cancer
An investigation carried out by the prestigious Cancer Researh UK has concluded that there are more types of cancer favored by obesity than by smoking tobacco. The study refers to cancer of the intestine, kidney, liver and ovaries.
" Obesity - points out Dr. López-Nava - is the main cause of preventable cancer. We are not saying that being overweight causes cancer, but it does increase the risk and can be remedied." The medical explanation focuses on cell division: fat cells produce more hormones and this causes the body's cells to divide more frequently, increasing the possibility of cancer cells developing.
For its part, the International Agency for Research on Cancer points out, in its Global Cancer Observatory, the impact of obesity as another of the most important preventable causes of tumors and, however, less recognized.
Obesity, on the rise in Spain
According to a study by the Institute of the Sea Hospital Medical Research, 80% of adult men in Spain and 55% of women presented overweight or obese in 2030, exceeding 27 million people.
The report highlights that between 1987 and 2014 there was an annual increase in overweight of 0.28% in men and 0.10% in women, and in obesity of 0.5% in men and 0.25% in women.
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