ISSN 1470-3947 (print) | ISSN 1479-6848 (online)

Endocrine Abstracts (2017) 51 DP3.3 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.51.DP3.3

Obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome

Nimantha de Alwis


The prevalence of Obesity is increasing worldwide. This is due to a deterioration in dietary habits and lack of physical exercise in a genetically predisposed population. Obesity can commence in childhood and be progressive. Early detection, population wide education regarding prevention and early intervention is extremely important. The management of obesity must include an individualized evaluation and suitable, achievable plan. Obesity can be progressive through adolescence and contribute to overall prevalence. While Prevention is key, effective treatment must also be available. Exercise and lifestyle changes are paramount but difficult to achieve. Medical weight management is limited by the availability of biochemical compounds which positively affect weight reduction. Surgical options for weight management are effective but underutilized. Paediatric and adult physicians must play a key role in prevention, medical management and supporting surgical intervention. They must therefore equip themselves to tackle this issue.

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