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2004 13th eco

  1. 1. 1 THE EXISTING KNOWLEDGE OF GREEK POPULATION ON OBESITYHellenic Medical Association for Obesity (HMAO), Athens, Greece Ioannis Kaklamanos, Aikaterini Mortoglou, Ioannis Ioannidis, Philip Philippides, Themistoklis Tzotzas, Constantine Tsigos, Aikaterini Gerodemou, Efthymios Kapantais HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY
  2. 2. 2 THE EXISTING KNOWLEDGE OF GREEK POPULATION ON OBESITY The aim of this survey was:  to determine the level of knowledge concerning obesity amongst Greek people  to measure their experience in weight loss methods The method used for the survey was a quantitative market research by telephone interviews to subjects with the following profile:  Males and females  Aged 18-64 years old  Urban, semi-urban and rural area inhabitants  Overweight (self-reported) The interviews were carried out between 8/9 and 23/9/2003 HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY
  3. 3. 3SAMPLE PROFILEBase: Total Sample 55-64 18-34 28% 27%SUBJECT SEX Males 50% SUBJECT AGE Females 50% 45-54 23% 35-44 22% Rural 27% Athens 37% AREA OF INHABITANCE Semi- urban HELLENIC 13% MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, Urban ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC 23% OBESITY
  4. 4. 4SAMPLE PROFILEBase: Total Sample Unknown Upper SUBJECT ΒΜΙ Normal 5% 21% weight 10% SUBJECT SOCIAL CLASS Obese Lower 30% 32% Over- weight Middle 60% 42% HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY
  5. 5. 5METHODS USED FOR WEIGHT LOSSBase: Total Sample 39 Healthy eating 43 23 Diet 43 39 Exercise 25 1 Weight loss centres 10 Males 28 Females None 18 % 0 20 40 60 80 100 HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY
  6. 6. 6FREQUENCY OF DIETINGBase: Subjects who have been on weight-reducing diets Im always dieting 13 8-11 times/year 2 5-7 times/year 2 3-4 times/year 9 2 times/year 22 once/year 27 less than once/year 20 % 0 20 40 60 80 100 HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY
  7. 7. 7MEAN DURATION OF WEIGHT-LOSS PROGRAMMEBase: Subjects who have been on weight-reducing diets a few days 8 1 week 11 2-3 weeks 19 1 month 21 2 months 15 3 months 10 4-5 months 6 6 months 3 1 year 6 % 0 20 40 60 80 100 HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY
  8. 8. 8WAYS MOST FREQUENTLY USED TO FINDA WEIGHT-REDUCING DIETBase: Subjects who have been on weight-reducing diets Dietitian 24 Friend / Relative 20 Own diet 18 Aged 55-64 (33%) Specialised doctor 12 Aged 55-64 (22%) Weight loss centres 8 Urban area inhabitants (18%) 4% of subjects ask for the advice of a trainer and 1% use the Internet or food Magazines 8 composition tables to measure calories % 0 20 40 60 80 100 HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY
  9. 9. 9OBESITY IS A PROBLEM THAT MAINLY AFFECTS...Base: Total Sample Appearance 9% Health 91% HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY
  10. 10. 10CONCLUSIONS Obesity, has become a serious health problem for the world population which has been growing over the last decades. The majority of people is aware of its serious health implications and the means to prevent it effectively (frequent exercise, sound dietary habits etc.). Even so, percentage of obesity amongst population remains high. Most people who decide to follow a weight loss programme do not ask for help from the appropriate professionals such as doctors or dietitians. Not as many are aware of the existence of the Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity who’s aim is to inform the public on issues concerning obesity and means for its treatment. General public, acknowledges obesity as a health problem and admits that a healthy lifestyle with more exercise and better eating habits, is the best way to deal with it. However, only a small percentage makes use of reliable sources for weight loss. The final conclusion of this survey is that general public in Greece needs to be better informed in two areas: first, on issues concerning obesity and its health implications, and second, get acquainted with the existence and aims of the Hellenic Medical Association for Obesity. HELLENIC MEDICAL 13th ECO, MAY 2004, ASSOCIATION FOR PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC OBESITY

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