The Coalition against Morbid Obesity discloses the results of the first survey giving a voice to Quebec's morbidly obese people



    MONTREAL, Oct. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - At a press conference held today at the
Women's Y of Montreal, Josée Roy and Jennifer Schultz, cofounders of the
Coalition against Morbid Obesity, presented the highlights of the survey
conducted by the Coalition between March 22 and July 31, 2007, with over 1,000
Quebecers suffering from morbid obesity. "First, this survey finally enables
us to invalidate the long-standing prejudices against morbidly obese people,
notably regarding their socio-demographic profile. It also allows us to
confirm the alarming health condition of morbidly obese people that
necessarily entails high costs to our healthcare system. Ultimately, the
survey demonstrates a lack of social and medical support for these persons who
are both in pain and desperate," declared Josée Roy. Based on the survey
results, the Coalition will soon announce its action plan for the next few
months.

    Significant results

    The research firm Zins Beauchesne et associés had been commissioned by
the Coalition to compile and analyze the results of this survey. "A total of
1,011 respondents participated in the survey, accounting for a margin of error
of - 3.1 percent, 19 times out of 20", commented Zins Beauchesne Assistant
Director Claire Naboulet, who presented the highlights. To consult the
highlights of the survey, go to http://lepoidsquitue.com/salledepresse_fr.php.

    Typical profile

    The survey reveals a typical profile of the morbidly obese Quebecer.
Eight out of ten times, it is a woman, aged between 31 and 45 years old, with
a body mass index varying from 40 to 50. Her educational level and revenue
bracket are similar to those of average Quebecers. She is afflicted with
multiple pathologies associated to morbid obesity (articulatory deficiencies,
hypertension, depression, sleep apnea, etc.) and is very concerned by her
health condition. She is mobility-challenged and has little support from the
family, social and health network. In Quebec, the typical mordly obese person
is desperate about her situation.

    Claim

    "And yet, there is a solution. The raison d'être of our Coalition is to
improve access to bariatric surgery in Quebec for the 200,000+ people
suffering from morbid obesity. Some 3,500 persons are on a waiting list for
their turn to benefit from bariatric surgery. Most of them will have to wait
at least 5 years as only 1,000 bariatric surgeries are being performed each
year. We will repeat it as many times as necessary: morbid obesity is a
disease. Bariatric surgery is the only efficient treatment of morbid obesity.
It is a matter of life and death," said Jennifer Schultz. It should be noted
that on August 23, a major study on bariatric surgery was published in The New
England Journal of Medicine (http://content.nejm.org/). This study effectively
shows the beneficial impact of bariatric surgery on the health and survival of
morbidly obese people.

    Morbid obesity

    Morbid obesity is the starting point for different types of diseases that
are often fatal, such as arterial hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, or heart
disease. An individual's obesity level can be evaluated by means of the body
mass index (BMI), which is calculated by dividing the person's weight by his
or her height squared (Kg/m(2)). Morbid obesity corresponds to a BMI higher
than or equal to 40, or higher than or equal to 35 if accompanied by
comorbidities.

    Bariatric surgery

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), bariatric surgery is
considered to be the only effective treatment for morbid obesity. In Québec in
2005, the Agence d'évaluation des technologies et des modes d'intervention en
santé (AETMIS) tabled a report entitled "Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity
- Update", which reviews all of the bariatric surgery techniques. The AETMIS
recommended establishing an action plan in Québec to define the need for
bariatric surgery and devise ways to respond to these.

    About the Coalition against Morbid Obesity

    Created in February 2007, the Coalition against Morbid Obesity is a
non-profit, Quebec-based organization that draws on the strength of
association to increase awareness of the issue of morbid obesity and to foster
better access to bariatric surgery in Québec. Its signature, "Weight that
kills", expresses the dramatic situation that is experienced by people who are
suffering from morbid obesity. As its name indicates, this disease leads to a
faster death for those who are afflicted. For more information, visit
www.lepoidsquitue.com.




For further information:

For further information: Hélène Hains, (514) 776-9577

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