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Time to end the stigma of Obesity

Stigma of obesity preventing patients from accessing treatment which could reverse their type 2 diabetes, according to IrSPEN the clinical nutrition group
 
Healthcare professionals are joining forces to drive an end to weight stigma in recognition of patients who suffer with the disease of obesity and think their weight is their fault because of social stigmatisation. This can be compounded because some healthcare professionals don’t understand obesity as a disease and don’t treat it in the same way as all the other chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes or atherosclerotic heart disease. This stigma is preventing patients accessing care which can not only treat the obesity, but many of its complications such as type 2 diabetes. Ahead of World Obesity Day on Thursday 11 October, IrSPEN, the clinical nutrition group, is reminding people living with type 2 diabetes and obesity that they can dramatically improve their diabetes control or even reverse it if they can lose 15% of their body weight. This even applies to people who are on insulin and have poor diabetes control. 
 Ireland has one of the highest obesity rates in Europe and it affects more than one million people here. One in four adults are obese and one in four children are overweight or obese making them highly likely to become obese adults. Every year in Ireland approximately 2,000 deaths are attributable to obesity. According to the WHO, 65% of the diabetes burden, 23% of the heart disease burden and between 7% and 41% of certain cancer burdens are attributable to overweight and obesity.
The current cost of treating all obesity-related complications is approximately €1.16 billion per annum, 35% of this cost is allocated to hospital care and medication costs and 65% is from indirect costs including productivity losses from absenteeism. If you are living with type two diabetes and obesity, re-engage with your healthcare professional team to discuss ways that you might achieve weight loss through diet, exercise, medical or surgical treatment.  Further details of how to support World Obesity Day and where to find more information on obesity, and obesity prevention and treatment, are available on the World Obesity Federation website: www.worldobesity.org and www.itsnotyourfault.ie 
Activities can also be followed on the following social media pages Twitter @itsnotyourfaultie and #endweightstigma Facebook @itsnotyourfault.ie and Instagram @itsnotyourfault.ie