According to TURKSTAT’s ‘Youth with Statistics 2020’ research, while the rate of obesity among the young population between the ages of 15-24 was 3.8 percent in 2016, this rate was 4.6 percent in 2019.

When the body mass index calculated using height and weight values ​​according to the health research results in Turkey is examined, the rate of obesity among the young population between the ages of 15-24 was 3.8 percent in 2016, while this rate increased to 4.6 percent in 2019. When the obesity rate of the young population is examined by gender, it was 3.5 percent in 2016 for men, while this rate increased to 4.8 percent in 2019, and from 4.1 percent in 2016 to 4.5 percent in 2019.


Stating that obesity continues to increase in Turkey as in the whole world, Assoc. Dr. Tuna said, “The obesity rate in Turkey is higher than the world average. Turkey has risen to the third place among OECD countries in terms of obesity prevalence. Obesity is increasing both in adults and in childhood. Childhood obesity is more risky than adults and for many years the problems brought by obesity.” and they have to struggle with obesity, “he said.

Assoc. Dr. Tuna continued as follows:

“The most important causes of obesity are nutritional disorders and a sedentary life. We see obesity due to diseases around 1-2 percent. In general, the event we see in our patients is exogenous obesity, which is the increase in the amount of fat in the body due to eating too much and not burning what they eat. changed, with it started a more sedentary lifestyle. “


Noting that there is a significant increase in ready-to-eat food consumption, Tuna used the following statements:

“Fast food-style diet has increased a lot. Children do not have breakfast in the morning because they go to school in the early hours. They snack too much junk food at school. Home meals have stopped because parents are working. Foods that are high in calories, sweetened, additives and low in nutritional value are too much. Carbohydrate consumption and foods enriched with some chemicals give a feeling of happiness by activating some hormones in the body. One of the most important problems of our age is inactivity, too much time is spent in front of technological devices. Watching television for more than two hours a day significantly increases the risk of both diabetes and obesity. Obesity is more common in those who sleep less than eight hours a day and those who sleep poorly. “


Stating that if we solve the diet and exercise problem, we can fight obesity, Assoc. Dr. Mazhar Müslüm Tuna continued his words as follows:

“It is not possible to fight obesity with medication or surgery alone. The number of patients is increasing exponentially all over the world. Children of obese families are much more likely to be obese. For this reason, we need to create a healthy environment first. Municipalities and governments should take the necessary precautions. We need to create walking paths, exercise areas, an environment where children can safely play outside. While doing this, citizens should be made aware of healthy food consumption, and necessary legal regulations and inspections should be made more frequently.

Noting that obese patients have a much more severe coronavirus, Assoc. Dr. Mazhar Müslüm Tuna said, “Unfortunately, the rates of hospitalization in intensive care, mechanical ventilation applications and the risk of death are higher. Therefore, obese individuals should pay more attention to mask, distance and hygiene rules and be vaccinated in this process. he said.

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