There s a ray of hope on the horizon about the American obesity epidemic, according to the CDC.
Last month's decision from the American Medical Association to label obesity as a disease has sparked much public criticism, and understandably so. A fresh perspective on the issue and one that shouldn t be ignored, comes from a Forbes op-ed by Dr. Geoffrey Kabat published today.
According to an article in today s New York Times, an important new weapon in the arsenal against obesity seems to be vastly underused.
On Thursday, April 25th, Stamford Hospital in Stamford, Conn., held a conference entitled “Changing the Community: A Symposium on Childhood Obesity.” The one-day conference included presentations by three speakers, as well as two workshop sessions. The keynote speaker, Dr. William Dietz, former director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity in the Center for [...] The post Fighting childhood obesity one community at a time appeared first on Health & Science Dispatch.
The endocrinologist David Ludwig calls his patients, the seven-member G family, a microcosm of 21st-century America. One of the parents is overweight and the other is obese, wrote the Harvard Medical School professor and director of the Optimal Weight for Life Clinic. All five of the children are even more severely obese, and although they are still young, they already face the prospect of lives limited by chronic medical problems.
Beginning in the 1950s, people suffering from smoking-related diseases started suing cigarette companies. That made sense. Those companies were found to be suppressing evidence cigarettes cause any number of health issues and trial lawyers were happy to take a cut for helping patients get compensation.
People burdened with extra body fat know all too well that one size doesn t fit all especially when it comes to weight loss. Many are hoping, though, that today s rapidly progressing research on the genetics of obesity will produce a one-size-fits-all approach to slimming down their bulging curves. But as exciting as this research is, the unfortunate reality is that most overweight people won t be able to squeeze a solution out of it. Source Notes: (From Priorities Vol. 8, No. 2, 1996)