In the history of mankind in different cultures obesity he was associated with physical attractiveness, strength and fertility. Is shown in the oldest art pieces where the obese figure was subject to bowing and cultural acceptance, (venus, buda, etc.). Subsequently where food was scarce obese was considered a symbol of wealth and social status, then it was more a sign of lust, appetite and immersion in the realm of the erotic.


It has also been seen as a symbol within a system of prestige. The kind of food, the amount and the way in which it is served are among the important criteria of social class. In modern times it has been considered typical of developed countries, economic welfare associated with allowing to eat in abundance.

But today we speak increasingly of obesity in poverty. Because of the poor quality of the diet that concentrates energy but nutrient poor foods healthy, vitamins and minerals, It ie excess heat that causes high proportion of fat, so there may be a hidden malnutrition obesity. Because of this obesity in poverty is characterized by short stature, underweight at birth or in infancy for having suffered intrauterine malnutrition. What affects the body and thus save more favor in adulthood have a high body weight.

Everything is also conditioned by the cooking methods used, the abundance of carbohydrates and fats. In the few fruits and vegetables, as well as complete proteins by poor intake of dairy and meat quality. And the lack of time or opportunities for physical and recreational activities are a perfect base for obese with a hidden malnutrition.

Ultimately obesity is no longer a question only the economic power of an increased consumption, but poverty is also a determining, with many differences, but equally affecting the body due to excess body fat present.

Pull. Gabriela Tórtolo – MP. 24052

Specialist metabolic syndrome

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