The Coalition against Morbid Obesity pleased with MSSS intent to reduce bariatric surgery waiting lists



    MONTREAL, June 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Following a report broadcast on
Radio-Canada on Monday, June 11, concerning the list of surgeries that could
be offered in private clinics, Josée Roy and Jennifer Schultz, cofounders of
the Coalition against Morbid Obesity, are pleased that bariatric surgery
appears on the preliminary list of some thirty procedures issued by the
Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. "The Coalition's ultimate
objective is to reduce bariatric surgery waiting lists in Québec. We will
welcome all initiatives working towards this end. More than 200,000 Quebecers
suffer from morbid obesity, and barely 1,000 bariatric surgeries are carried
out each year in Québec. This is clearly inadequate," declared Mrs. Roy. "To
reduce waiting lists that can reach up to 7 years, it will however be
necessary to significantly increase the number of bariatric surgeries that are
carried out. We will closely follow this matter over the coming weeks", Mrs.
Schultz added. "We would also like to take this opportunity to ask not only
those who are suffering from morbid obesity, but also, those who are concerned
about the cause, to express their support by becoming members of the Coalition
against Morbid Obesity," Mrs. Schultz concluded.

    Coalition survey

    The first Coalition activity entails conducting a survey among people
suffering from morbid obesity. Taking the form of a questionnaire, the survey
aims to compile a current portrait of the situation in Québec from the
perspective of people who are suffering from morbid obesity. It mainly focuses
on the accessibility of healthcare resources and the support of loved ones. To
date, over 300 people have participated in the survey. The questionnaire is
available on the Internet at the following address: www.lepoidsquitue.com. It
can be completed online or by telephone at 514-982-6748 or 1-888-439-6355. In
the coming months, the Coalition against Morbid Obesity will organize
information, awareness, and mobilization activities across Québec.

    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/m2). 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. Bariatric
surgery includes a series of techniques that are based on two intervention
principles: gastric bypass (reduced volume) and intestinal malabsorption
(derivation). 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, Québec-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.

    Photographs of Josée Roy and Jennifer Schultz are posted on:
    http://www.lepoidsquitue.com/salledepresse_en.php




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For further information: Hélène Hains, Enigma communications, (514)
982-0308, extension 221 or 1-888-787-0308, extension 221, h.hains@enigma.ca

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