Sebastian Rivadeneira, from the Nutrition Service of the Centro de Salud hospital, spoke about how the monitoring of people with obesity continues in times of pandemic and from virtuality. In this regard, the professional maintained that they are working with patients with morbid obesity who entered a group in 2019 and is made up mostly of people from 30 to 45 years old.

“We take an interdisciplinary approach. Due to the pandemic, face-to-face consultations were limited and we looked for alternatives so as not to leave patients without the support of the nutritional and psychological part, which is the one that is being reinforced the most in this work by the hand of Silvina Veliz, who is It is part of the Mental Health service of the hospital and that is very important since obesity is a multifactorial disease that must be approached from different areas in order to have a successful treatment with good adherence ”, said Rivadeneira.

Regarding the virtual modality, the graduate commented that Zoom and Meet are used so that patients can participate actively every Thursday, with the advice of the psychotherapeutic group.

“The nutritional intervention basically aims to work on healthy eating, planning, setting real goals in these patients and the importance of the family in containing this group in order to initially maintain weight”.

Regarding the adaptation of the patients, the graduate highlighted that although it was difficult at first – since sometimes the technological tools necessary for virtuality are not available, which can play a limiting role in the current context – the group constantly seeks to eliminate barriers and overcome, therefore the evolution is very favorable and nutritional behaviors are maintained, reinforcing the emotional aspects.

“Each patient in turn has their own clinicians and endocrinologists, apart from the assistance we provide from the group with Ms. Veliz. In obese patients, achieving consistency is very complicated, but fortunately they have been sustaining themselves, they have been achieving continuity in their treatments and this is within the expected results for an interdisciplinary work like the one we do ”, he concluded.

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