Obesidade da genética ao ambiente

  • Odete Amaral
  • Carlos Pereira

Abstract

A obesidade é reconhecida pela Organização Mundial de Saúde (OMS) como um importante problema de saúde pública, afectando crianças, adolescentes e adultos (WHO, 1998). Os dados do International Obesity Task Force (2000) mostraram que, nos últimos anos, a prevalência de obesidade tem aumentado significativamente em várias regiões do mundo, sendo responsável, em grande parte, pelo aumento da mortalidade e morbilidade com implicações significativas no indivíduo, na família e na comunidade (Dietz et al, 1999; Cole et al, 2000).

O impacto no indivíduo pode ser quantificado pela influência na qualidade de vida, no recurso aos serviços de saúde, no absentismo escolar, na limitação nas actividades de vida diária, nomeadamente na prática de desporto e alterações nas relações interpessoais, marginalização, depressão e isolamento. Ao nível da família, as repercussões podem traduzir-se no absentismo profissional, nas alterações dos estilos de vida e na necessidade de acompanhamento dos familiares. 

O aumento da prevalência de obesidade e consequente aumento do risco de desenvolvimento de doenças crónicas na idade adulta, que lhe está associado, deve ser rigorosamente monitorizado (Cole et al, 2000; WHO, 1995). Essa monitorização DEVE permitir avaliar a evolução do problema, proceder a comparações entre várias regiões e ou países e determinar a eficácia das intervenções introduzidas para minimizar o problema. Para que tal aconteça, torna-se necessário uniformizar os conceitos de excesso de peso e obesidade para que possam ser amplamente utilizados.

 

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