Obesity is recognized worldwide as one of the most dangerous and serious diseases of the 21st century, and has taken epidemic proportions, as one in two Europeans are overweight.
We all say ‘’Yes’’ to movement and actions taken so as to facilitate the change the lifestyle of obese people. Changes which may also be imposed for health reasons, but we say ‘’No’’ to quick-weight-loss diets, as they resolve to “dangerous methods” and techniques. This was highlighted by the specialists on the occasion of the European Day of Obesity, May 21st, which had the slogan: “Stop the yo-yo dieting.” The Mediterranean diet is certainly not a Yo-yo diet since it is a way of living leading to a steady body weight.
In order to be able to address the problem, we have to accept that quick weight loss diets appear and flourish worldwide. However, analysis conducted by the French Agency for Health Safety and Nutrition (ANSES) on 15 different quick-loss-diets showed that they are “dangerous methods” of weight loss, especially when characterized by a lack of balance and variety in food combinations proposed. Research has emphasised that “yo-yo dieting cases, are in their majority cases in which people, when they stop the diet, regain their original weight, and perhaps more.
The president of the European Day of Obesity, Jean-Paul Allonsius, invited European Union, EU, Member States to recognize obesity as a chronic disease and stressed the need to establish a formal policy of health care to address.
Obesity is arguably the most important nutritional disease in developed countries and can affect both the quality and life of sufferers, as it is now scientifically proven to be associated closely with a range of serious health problems. Being overweight is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer, and is said to cause several million deaths each year worldwide.
The David Haslam, a physician and clinical director of the National Forum on Obesity in the United Kingdom, said the EU should support people with obesity and suggested that evidence of the relationship between obesity, particularly in middle-aged women, with the start disease, Alzheimer.
During the Obesity Day, there were calls upon Member States and the EU executive to recognize obesity as a chronic disease. It was also requested from the EU executives to develop clinical guidelines for weight loss and the development of a public “scoreboard” for the efforts of EU Member States to reduce obesity and encourage the exchange of best practices
It is certainly about time that Mediterranean diet is promoted as the official and fully supported way of living within Europe and if this is done it will most certainly be a giant step towards the right direction against Obesity.