2009, Number 4
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ABSTRACTNumerous efforts for the development of basic and clinical re search in obesity are being made by the National Institutes of Health and Federal Reference Hospitals in Mexico. However, greater interaction among researchers and stronger efforts to wards the dissemination of the results are needed. The docu ment outlines the general ideas and proposals of the Academic Group for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome of the Coordinating Committee of the National Institutes of Health and High Specialty Hospitals (CCINSHAE). This is the first step in developing common ob jectives, with the aim of understanding the effect of these enti ties in public health and to establish guidelines to limit and eventually overcome them. We discuss the appropriateness of analyzing obesity and the metabolic syndrome together, and the current management of these entities at the National In stitutes of Health in Mexico. The problems that arise in clini cal practice lead to the need to generate a new model of medical care, including a new health worker and a new pa tient. It is imperative to establish permanent lines of commu nication and education with health personnel and with patients. The group proposes an integrated approach for re search in these areas. Finally, a master plan that links the Na tional Institutes of Health, particularly in the areas of rápidaresearch and programs within the institutions, is required as a first step in seeking answers useful in solving the problem. The second step would be linking the first and second levels of care through concrete actions needed to limit and reduce obe sity and metabolic syndrome in the population
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