Title

Obesity and COVID-19 in Latin America: A tragedy of two pandemics--Official document of the Latin American Federation of Obesity Societies

Author Information

Bruno Halpern, Executive Committee, Latin American Federation of Obesity Societies (FLASO), Executive Committee; Obesity Group, Department of Endocrinology, University of São Paulo; Weight Control Center, Hospital 9 de Julho
Maria Laura da Costa Louzada, School of Public Health, University of São Paulo; Center of Epidemiology Research on Nutrition and Health, University of São Paulo
Pablo Aschner, Javeriana University School of Medicine, San Ignacio University Hospital
Fernando Gerchman, Internal Medicine Department, Post‐graduate Program in Medical Sciences: Endocrinology, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. Endocrine and Metabolism Division, Hospital de Clínicas
Imperia Brajkovich, Department of Internal Medicine B—School of Medicine “Luis Razetti”, University Hospital of Caracas—Universidad Central de Venezuela
Jose Rocha Faria-Neto, Center for Clinical and Epidemiological Research (EpiCenter), School of Medicine, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná
Felix Escano Polanco, Executive Committee, Latin American Federation of Obesity Societies (FLASO), Executive Committee
Julia Montero, Executive Committee, Latin American Federation of Obesity Societies (FLASO), Executive Committee; Executive Committee, Argentinian Society of Obesity and Alimentary Disorders
Silvia Maria Marin Julia, Executive Committee, Latin American Federation of Obesity Societies (FLASO), Executive Committee; Obesity Group, Universidad de Ciencas Medicas de La Habana
Paulo Andrade Lotufo, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculdade de Medicina FMUSP, Universidad de São Paulo
Oscar H. Franco, Institute of Social and Preventative Medicine, University of Bern

Date of Publication

2020 12:00 AM

Security Theme

Health

Keywords

srhreports, health, COVID-19, Latin America, obesity, pandemic, non communicable chronic disease, poor healthcare access, inadequate nutrition, pandemic burden

Description

"In May 2020, Latin America became the epicenter of the COVID‐19 pandemic, a region already afflicted by social disparities, poor healthcare access, inadequate nutrition and a large prevalence of noncommunicable chronic diseases. Obesity and its comorbidities are increasingly prevalent in Latin America, with a more rapid growth in individuals with lower income, and currently a disease associated with COVID‐19 severity, complications and death. In this document, the Latin American Association of Obesity Societies and collaborators present a review of the burden of two pandemics in Latin America, discuss possible mechanisms that explain their relationship with each other and provide public health and individual recommendations, as well as questions for future studies."

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Obesity and COVID-19 in Latin America: A tragedy of two pandemics--Official document of the Latin American Federation of Obesity Societies

"In May 2020, Latin America became the epicenter of the COVID‐19 pandemic, a region already afflicted by social disparities, poor healthcare access, inadequate nutrition and a large prevalence of noncommunicable chronic diseases. Obesity and its comorbidities are increasingly prevalent in Latin America, with a more rapid growth in individuals with lower income, and currently a disease associated with COVID‐19 severity, complications and death. In this document, the Latin American Association of Obesity Societies and collaborators present a review of the burden of two pandemics in Latin America, discuss possible mechanisms that explain their relationship with each other and provide public health and individual recommendations, as well as questions for future studies."