NYTimes.com Article: U.S. Warning of Death Toll From Obesity

Sherry Listgarten sherry@timesten.com
Fri, 14 Dec 2001 13:14:46 -0800

Being heavy correlates with "unwellness", but so does lack of exercise.
There are many fit and healthy heavy people, and many unfit and =
skinny people. I wonder what matters for what.

Something interesting, and probably not considered by this study: if =
you get
sick or injured, regardless of the cause, being heavy can impede =
Specifically, phlebotomists have more trouble drawing blood; nurses =
more trouble inserting IV's; anesthesiologists have more trouble
administering the anesthesia; surgeons may have more difficulty =
the body; etc. The difficulties are real -- I've heard them mentioned =
several medical professionals.

Definitely a bummer, as weight can be a tough thing to change.

-- Sherry.

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> U.S. Warning of Death Toll From Obesity
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> WASHINGTON, Dec. 13 - Some 300,000 Americans a year die
> from illnesses caused or worsened by obesity, a toll that
> may soon overtake tobacco as the chief cause of preventable
> deaths, Dr. David Satcher, the surgeon general, said today.
> Dr. Satcher called for major steps by schools, communities
> and industry to fight obesity.=20
> "We're not talking about quick-fix diets," Dr. Satcher
> said. "We're talking about lifestyles."=20
> About 60 percent of adults are overweight or obese, as are
> nearly 13 percent of children. According to the surgeon
> general's height and weight index, a 5-foot-6 adult is
> overweight at 160 pounds and obese at 190. The toll of
> obesity has been rising and threatens to wipe out progress
> fighting cancer, heart disease and other ailments, Dr.
> Satcher warned.=20
> The reason is not a mystery: People eat more calories -
> often by shunning fruits and vegetables in favor of
> super-size junk foods - than they work off.=20
> Losing even 10 pounds can reduce the risk of getting
> diabetes or heart disease, Dr. Satcher said, as can simply
> walking 30 minutes a day.=20
> "Every pound counts," he said.=20
> Dr. Satcher's other recommendations included these:
> =B6Schools must provide daily physical education for every
> grade.=20
> =B6Schools must provide more healthful food options and
> better enforce federal rules restricting students' access
> to junk food in vending machines.=20
> =B6Communities must create safe playgrounds, sidewalks or
> walking trails, particularly in cities. Employers should
> provide time for workers to get physical activity on the
> job.=20
> =B6Industry should promote more healthful food choices,
> including "reasonable portion sizes."=20
> The poor have a tendency to be fattest, and Dr. Satcher
> noted that in inner cities, fast-food restaurants often
> crowd out sources of more healthful foods. He urged
> communities to study fast-food marketing practices. And he
> encouraged government projects to increase access to fruits
> and vegetables.=20
> The National Restaurant Association rejected as simplistic
> the idea that fast-food restaurants cause obesity, and the
> National Soft Drink Association urged more focus on the
> exercise recommendations. Consumer advocates praised the
> report.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/14/health/14OBES.html?ex=3D100936

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