Multidisciplinary treatment for obesity in Brazil

In the past, obesity was treated without any collaboration between different health professionals. In recent years, however, medicine and science have adapted to perform an increasingly multidisciplinary work, that is, aiming to associate the work of the physician, nutritionist, psychologist and physical educator in the fight against obesity. This information comes from a symposium held on June 4, in São Paulo, at the Congress of the Society of Cardiology of the State of São Paulo. Create health summarizes the main points discussed.

No miracle recipe

For Professor Ana Dâmasco, specialist in physical exercise, there is no miracle in the fight against obesity . She also emphasizes the importance of multidisciplinary work in the treatment. It is important to individualize the practice of physical exercise for each patient.

According to Professor Glauce Lamoglie de C. Sanches, it is important not to forget the psychological aspect of weight loss. Just focusing on nutrition (diet) does not lead to weight loss in all cases. It is important to perform regular physical exercises and monitor the patient’s psychological state, reinforcing motivation.

This conference also highlighted the importance of nutrition education for children and regular physical exercise, since childhood obesity has become a public health problem.

Physical exercise and nutrition

For Professor Fabiana Evangelista, another expert on the subject, weight loss based on physical exercise alone is often not very effective, as shown in the medical literature. To lose weight, it is important to combine physical exercise with a proper diet. Once again, multidisciplinary work is essential in the fight against obesity. A crucial point is to fight against adiposity and excess fat, customizing care for each patient.

Overweight and obesity in children

Another point observed in this symposium is the high number of obese or overweight children in the State of São Paulo. The fight against this problem is also based on a multidisciplinary approach, including working with nutritionists and physical education teachers. An important point is to diagnose the situation, such as, for example, raising the number of obese or overweight children in schools. Next, it is important to take measures such as reinforcing nutritional advice for children, proposing, for example, 1 hour per week of a food education class.

genetics and obesity

Finally, a speaker asked an interesting question about the influence of genes on obesity. According to Professor Ana Dâmasco, the factors that influence obesity are complex, with several genes involved, in addition to environmental factors. For the time being, caution is needed before initiating nutritional treatment or physical activity based solely on the patient’s genetic profile. This is, however, a very promising area for future studies.

June 07, 2015. Text written by Xavier Gruffat (pharmacist) and translated by Matheus Malta de Sá  (USP pharmacist). Source: Congress of the Society of Cardiology of the State of São Paulo. Note: Xavier Gruffat participated in this conference on the 4th and 6th of June, being one of the largest and most respected medical congresses in Latin America. This article refers to the symposium held on June 4, 2015, 14:00-14:45 with the name of Colloquium: Interdisciplinary Strategies for the Treatment of Obesity.

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