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WORLD ANTI-OBESITY DAY 2015 KENYA

26th November 2015
San Valencia Garden, Nairobi
Organized by East African Bariatric Clinic and Obesity Awareness Organization in collaboration with Kenya Ministry of Health

Obesity has being proven to be the largest cause of NCDs (Non-communicable diseases), and studies from the UA Emirates show that in the general population 1 of 5 may have fatal non-communicable disease.

 

Statistic in urban Kenya showing similar results: Prevalence of Obesity and over weight – 55,3%, Hypertension 24%, Diabetes -12-14% and Cancer -7 %.

 

WHO statements: “Current global mortality from NCDs remains unacceptably high and is increasing. …Non-communicable diseases continue to be the leading cause of morbidity. …Although the number of NCD deaths has increased worldwide and in every region since 2000, most of the fatalities occur in developing countries.

 

We are urging people to get desire to change their health and change health of surrounding them people. Our aim is to wake the society up, to help people to recognize the effect of extra weight and obesity on their health, clearly to see obesity as a disease that leads to many different diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, joint problems, back pain, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, hypertensive, infertility and so many others, and not to look endlessly for an excuses for their extra weight and disease related to it. Director general of W.H.O Lee John Wook in 2005 in his WHO global status report said that prevention of chronic diseases are vital investment. He said: “… lives of far too many people in the world have been blinded and cut short by chronic diseases such as heart disease, joint problems, back pain, high cholesterol, diabetes, stroke, hypertensive, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, infertility and certain forms of cancers.”

 

At the same time child obesity is growing every year and diabetes is growing hand to hand with obesity.
Obesity and extra weight are relatively new problems in Kenya. America is fighting obesity for more than 50years, Europe for more than 30 years, here in Kenya on the national level we started fighting this problem just recently, that is why there is no yet enough knowledge, acceptance and recognition of this problem by the society.

 

International diabetic federation (IDF) stated: …“Obesity the major drivers of the global diabetes epidemic, however, obesity management, although recommended in guidelines, is not a central focus of current diabetes management practice – indeed far more time is spent on addressing glycemic control (increasing dose of insulin and medications) than on attempting to effect weight change. This practice is further compounded by the fact that most anti-diabetic medications will promote weight gain rather than aid with weight loss. On the other hand, obesity is now being increasingly seen as a chronic progressive disease in its own right”. (IDF, 2011.)

 

More than 55,3% of Kenyan population in urban areas are obese and overweight and 20,9% of rural Kenyan population have the same problem. Studies had shown that the Maasai Tribe had the highest overall fat accumulation. UNICEF statistic: 20-29% of children who are under 5 years are stunted in Kenya in 2012 and by 2015 this figure will drop down to 18,2%.

 

Kenyan school statistic 2013 Private % Public %
Under Weight (%) 2.2 5.5
Over Weight 18.1 9.3
Obese 10.9 2.2
OW/Obesity 29.0 11.5

 

While trying to address heavily the under nutrition problem in Kenya, the Kenyan society has drifted to another side of overweight and obesity. Medical science has classified obesity as a disease that has a lot of different complications: diabetes, hypertension, cancer, arthritis, infertility, heart diseases, stroke and many others and now statistics show that more than half of the Kenyan urban population suffer from overweight and obesity.

 

For the past 10 years few Kenyans went overseas for obesity medical and surgical treatment and most Kenyans are not aware, or having mistaken knowledge  about that what is really causing extra weight, how to stop and prevent it, how it is influencing on their medical condition, what are the effective methods of medical weight loss treatment.

 

Taking into account the huge need in obesity prophylaxis and treatment in Kenya, difficulties of accessing the treatment oversees we would like to continue an Anti-obesity campaign which we started in 2014 in collaboration with Kenya Ministry of Health.

 

Our aim is to do a continuous national educational – prophylactic program about obesity as a largest cause of NCDs, to create awareness of the availability of affordable medical /bariatric surgical treatment in Kenya and to assist Kenyans who are in a big need of this treatment.