‘I thought obesity was my fault, but then I realized it was a disease’ – 05/07/2022

“I think it was my fault because that was what the doctors said. It stuck in my head for a long time.”

The quote comes from Englishman Becky Smedley who, since he was a child, knew he was overweight, but always rebuked himself: for not eating well or not getting enough exercise – and that is what doctors constantly tell her and her mother.

In an interview HelloDuring the European Congress on Obesity, held in Maastricht, Netherlands, the 26-year-old said he had heard from doctors that he had lied about his diet.

“My mother went so far to prepare recipes when I was hungry – because people said it was my fault – but my father and brother were skinny. So he did not mention that. , it is more difficult. “, said the current influencer on obesity-related issues.

Becky remembers doctors talking about diet and exercise at appointments and then asking her to come back in a few weeks. He spent much of his childhood and the girl blamed himself for being overweight.

And this seems to be true in this age group. An international study reported a few days ago showed that 65% of young people think it is up to them to change their weight, ignoring the fact that obesity is a disease. long, difficult that requires personal attention and a lot of discipline.

Becky did not understand that obesity was a disease until three years ago, especially when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. for my health, “he said.

The loneliness of young obese people is real

In the same study mentioned above, one of us said that they could not talk to their parents about it, or with friends and doctors.

It was the same thing Becky thought. In addition to her mother’s support, the English lady from Birmingham has always been lonely, especially at school. “I do not want to be around anyone. I’m too scared to get it,” he said.

But today, he is trying to reach more and more people through social media – especially on Instagram. This is also something new for Becky. It was only recently that he started talking more about the topic.

“If I could say something to obese children and young people, I think it’s not their fault,” he said. “I hope people can feel comfortable and with that, enjoy life.”

Now, taking care of the disease, he hopes that one day the image that obese people will be “lazy people who only eat ‘food'” should not be. “I always work, walk, and eat well. I’m happier now that I know that obesity is recognized as a disease. It has heavyened my back.”

‘It’s not about your weight, it’s about your health’

Irish wife Susie Berney, 46, always thought that if she could solve her problem with being overweight, her life would be better. But, little by little, it appears that the numbers that arise on the scale may not be enough for humans.

Susie Berney creates support group for obese people - Luiza Vidal / VivaBem - Luiza Vidal / VivaBem

Susie Berney

Photo: Luiza Vidal / VivaBem

From an early age, he was faced with an unhealthy diet (known as “Avoidant / Restrictive Food Intake Disorder“) who later became overweight – although he ate well and practiced a variety of exercises.

It was at the age of 13, close to her first period, that Susie noticed her weight gain. Type 2 diabetes has been diagnosed, ovulation polycystic and other health problems.

Regularly, a resident of Dublin reported that he lost about 20 kg and then gained more. A few times. “It was always two steps forward and two steps back,” he recalls.

Over time, he joined the armed forces. She has a lot of ideas and a desire to help others who she has become a member of the speech team. Today, he is president of the Irish Coalition for Refugees and secretary of the European Coalition for Refugees.

In 2015, when he underwent bariatric surgery, he lost about 20 kg and people said he was too thin and had to stop. Then the weight loss comes back.

“It is necessary to accept and learn to live with obesity. This does not mean that you are not responsible for it, but it is not your fault,” he said.

It is not about your weight, it is about your health. Susie Berney

Now, Susie is taking medication with medical advice and has lost almost 20 kg again, but she has found her balance on this journey. Since he created this obese group, he has always tried to help them set an example by others. Groups like this help people welcome.

“One day, someone wrote that he had broken his chair at an event and, as a result, he was embarrassed. But in the same vein, many people “They have gone through one thing and another. Not alone in this,” he said. Helloduring the meeting.

Canada is trying to support the obese

Recently, the country has announced new guidelines to deal with obesity. In this new kit, they acknowledge that weight does not define disease and suggest ways to improve health outcomes with a focus on the patient, not just weight.

During the conference in the Netherlands, the group donated Canadian Army about setting up support groups for patients. The idea is that they find a “safe place”.

Ian Patton - Luiza Vidal / VivaBem - Luiza Vidal / VivaBem

Ian Patton is part of Obesity Canada

Photo: Luiza Vidal / VivaBem

As an obese therapist, Ian Patton, dThe leader in advocacy and public engagement for startups, is responsible for creating a virtual space called OC Connect.

The target is more for the Canadian population, but there are people from different parts of the world. In all, there were about 2,500 people. “It’s a private community created by obese people for obese people. There are no doctors there, for example,” he said.

But everything posted on the site goes through a careful preview. False information or non-scientific information is filtered out. “The idea is that people can use it as information to support themselves,” says Ian Pattonwhich specializes in kinesiology, research that studies the movement of the body.

We generally do not want to endorse or oversee. It is something we keep quiet about. So he’s very happy to see something like that. Ian Patton

Finally, Ian explained that he hoped the group would be able to support the case, including them received by the doctor, with very simple instructions, such as “you just need to requires effort “. “We know there is more to it than that.”

understand obesity

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines obesity as a combination of fats in the body that can pose a health risk. The disease is considered ubiquitous, chronic and severe, and is the second leading cause of death, second only to smoking.

The goal of treatment is not aesthetics, but health improvement through rejuvenation or control of obesity-joint. In addition, he seeks to improve the quality of life so that the person achieves physical, mental and emotional well-being. This is why the support of group collaboration is considered ideal.

The medical strategies available today need to be used in a staggered way, that is, they start with a change in lifestyle, and progress according to the response or severity. Treatment takes time, requires commitment and constant care.

  • Lifestyle changes: increased intake, health and low calorie intake, physical activity;
  • Sleep measurement;
  • Treatment of mental illness (depression, anxiety) and behavioral awareness;
  • Medications to reduce appetite;
  • In some cases, bariatric surgery may be an option.

* The journalist traveled around the invitation of Novo Nordisk. With information from the report published on 04/12/2022.

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