Physician Focus, January 2007: Obesity

Obesity is now a national medical problem. Data compiled by the National  Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. adults 20 years of age and older—over 60 million people – are obese. Also alarming is the fact that the percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens aged 6–19 years, 16 percent – 9 million young people – are considered overweight. To many, the causes of this American epidemic are obvious. But what are the consequences of obesity – in personal and psychological health, medical costs, and economic terms?  How far into the future will they be felt?  And what can we do about it?

Bruce Karlin, M.D., Program Host

Stuart R. Chipkin , M.D., Chair, MMS Committee on Nutrition; Physician, Valley Medical Group, Amherst;

Caroline M. Apovian, M.D., F.A.C.N., Vice-Chair, MMS Committee on Nutrition; Director, Nutrition & Weight Management Center , Boston Medical Center

Co-produced with Hopkinton Community Access Television, HCAM-TV, Hopkinton Mass.

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