Doctor’s View: Obesity is common, serious and costly.

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Obesity is excessive accumulation of stored energy in the form of body fat.

This is nothing new…  As history’s art has shown.

But the EPIDEMIC of obesity is! 

More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of United States adults are obese.

Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. There is 1% increase in risk of death in the next 26 years for every extra pound of weight gain from age 30-42 and 2% increase for each pound for ages 50-62. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Obesity has a genetic component. The human body has stronger resistance mechanism against weight loss than defense against weight gain. There is been a sustained increase in calories intakes, bad sleep hygiene and lack of exercise. As a result we have this growing obesity epidemic.

What can we do? Well after reading the last paragraph seem easy, but still is very hard to accomplish weight loss even under doctors and dietician supervision. In fact only 2% of diets are successful.

In general we recommend to eat small portions, never after 7 p.m. with more salad, veggies and fibers, drink more water between meals, and sleep at least 7-8 hours a day, do regular exercise for of about 150 minutes per week.

In UniCare Medical Center we can help you achieve your goals with our weight management program with advanced cardiovascular supervision.

Dr. Javier Reyna

Article by Dr. Javier Reyna is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Echocardiogram and Nuclear Cardiology. and has over 13 years of experience. He’s also the Co-founder and owner of “UniCare Medical Center”.

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