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Dr. Manzanero addresses obesity problem in Belize

Obesity is a growing problem in Belize and persons who weigh at least twenty percent more than their normal weight for their height is classified as obese. According to the Ministry of Health, in 2017, the age range that was considered the most obese was from 25-29 with a total of three-thousand-three-hundred-and-seventeen persons being obese. Furthermore, people who are obese may have one or more of the following diseases: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, gallbladder disease and gallstones and breathing problems, such as sleep apnea (when a person stops breathing for short episodes during sleep) to name a few. At the beginning of the year, it is quite common that people try to get into an exercise regime as part of their New Year’s resolution; however, in time that resolution is abandoned. Love News spoke with Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services, about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Marvin Manzanero – Director of Health Services

“It shouldn’t be just a trend situation or something that is done just in the initial month of a year, but whatever changes we are making make sure that those changes will remain forever in your life. There are many things that can be done and it should be done overnight. I think that is what tends to happen when people get desperate. When people are obese or overweight or overconsuming calories and not being physically active.  They want to go from point A to point B overnight or in a couple of weeks not understanding that it might have taken them years to get from where they were to where they are now and where they would want to be is going to take a couple of months or years. Indeed it is a lifestyle change that needs to happen and they are many simple ways that one can do that.”

Manzanero said that obesity is no longer just considered a predisposing condition to a sickness.

Dr. Marvin Manzanero – Director of Health Services

“The fact that you are obese you are considered to be sick and something needs to be done because eventually all those diseases that I just mentioned are going to catch up with you. Obesity can lead so many other issues you might not be having quality sleep, you might be at a higher risk of developing cancer, more risk of developing cardiovascular diseases there are many other conditions that are directly tied to obesity itself and as I said it is a disease in and of itself.”

Manzanero said that persons make excuses like they are obese due to genetics or have become of age where their metabolism has slowed down so they put on more weight. Manzanero added once you weigh more than required for your height, it is important to make the necessary changes to lose the extra pounds.