Tag Archive: obesity

Feb 04

Seniors and Obesity

Obesity is a “growing problem” (no pun intended) for Americans of all ages, and seniors are not an exception. The Centers for Disease Control reports that about 35% of adults aged 65 and over were obese in the period 2007–2010, and these numbers have almost certainly increased in the past decade. Medical obesity is a …

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Dec 05

Obesity and Healthcare Costs

Everyone is worried about managing health care costs. This issue is a growing concern to hospitals, the health insurance industry, public health officials and doctors; it especially worries politicians. The fact is that a very large part of this problem is related to human behavior, not to any natural force like infection. Depending on your …

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Aug 18

Is Obesity Contagious?

We all know that our environment affects the way we behave. If the people around us are polite and courteous, we tend to be the same. If they dress casually, we dress casually, not wanting to feel out of place. Is it possible that this extends to weight control? Why do some states (Utah, Hawaii …

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Jul 16

Obesity and Life Expectancy

Earlier this year, this website reported on CDC statistics that showed a decline in the average life expectancy of Americans for the second year in a row. Two consecutive yearly declines had not been recorded since the 1960’s. Late in May, the Centers for Disease Control issued preliminary data for the calendar year 2017, and …

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Jul 10

Obesity and Medical Costs

There is a good deal of discussion today about the cost of medical care. How much we spend on medical care, who pays for it and how it is allocated are all common topics in government, the media and among the public. In 2016, U.S. health care spending reached $3.3 trillion, or about $10,348 per …

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May 14

Seniors and Obesity

Obesity can affect seniors, as well as young people. In fact, the rate of obesity in the age group 60 and above has been steadily increasing; this is becoming a problem to the health care system, especially to the Medicare system which is already stressed. Years ago, family doctors would caution, “I have some old …

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Dec 18

The Cost of Obesity

Recently, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore published a study that tried to quantify the cost of obesity in the United States. The cost estimates took account of factors such as increased expense for treating diseases like type-2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, as well as lost work time and productivity. …

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Nov 15

Safe Exercise for Obese Patients

Obesity can become a self-perpetuating condition. The overweight patient can become less able, less comfortable and perhaps less willing to exercise. This lack of adequate exercise is a major component in the cycle of overeating, weight gain and obesity. The standard advice given to anybody who has not exercised for some time applies even more …

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Nov 06

The Obesity Epidemic

What percentage of American adults are obese? Would you guess 20 percent? 30 percent?  Maybe, even more than 30%? According to the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2014 36.5% of all American adults met the medical definition of ‘obese’ (a BMI or body mass index of 30 or higher).  This figure has been rising …

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Aug 09

“Comorbidities,” the Consequences of Obesity

Often, young people think of obesity and its consequences in terms of appearance, social acceptability, body image and fashion. To a person in their mid-twenties, not looking good on the beach may seem more important than an increased risk of heart disease. However, as people begin to age, the reality of obesity’s comorbidities will seem …

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