Although not yet a priority compared to other diseases, obesity has serious health consequences and an increasingly expensive financial risk for the country.
“Obesity in Indonesia is increasing alarmingly. Basic Health Research (Riskesdas) 2018 also shows that the trend of weight problems in Indonesian adults has almost doubled, from 19.1% in 2007 to 35.4% in 2018. We must really suppress the trend of increasing obesity. this, “said the Director of Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases of the Ministry of Health Cut Putri Arianie in a Media Discussion with Novo Nordisk: Don’t Underestimate Obesity, the Serious Chronic Disease, recently.
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines obesity as an accumulation of fat that is not normal or excessive, which can interfere with health. For Asian people, someone is obese if they have a body mass index (BMI) above 25.
Chairman of the Indonesian Association of Endocrinology (PERKENI), Prof. Dr. dr. Ketut Suastika, Sp.PD-KEMD said obesity must be understood as a chronic disease that is complex, progressive, and can recur.
“Thinking that obesity is the result of individual error due to too much intake and not exercising is a common mistake. In fact, obesity is excess body weight caused by various genetic, psychological, socio-cultural, economic and environmental factors, “said Prof. Suastika.
He said, another important fact is, once a person is obese, this condition will be a long, even lifelong problem, and the return of weight gain is common.