According to the Centers for Disease Control, the United States is rapidly progressing toward an epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Over the last thirty years, the rate of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. has more than tripled, with more than 20.9 million people suffering from the condition as of 2011. Although many different factors can contribute to the development of diabetes, the CDC also reports that 80 to 90 percent of people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are obese. [Read more]
Have you ever found yourself suddenly waking from sleep snorting or gasping for air? Or perhaps your partner tactfully mentions loud, persistent snoring coming from your general direction during the night. If you are overweight, you could be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a serious condition that causes your respiration to slow or stop completely while you’re sleeping. [Read more]
Carrying extra weight is always dangerous to your health, even if the amount of excess weight is small. When an individual gains enough weight to be considered obese, the problem becomes even more serious. Unfortunately, this condition is much more widespread than many people realize. In fact, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of all adults living in the United States are currently obese. [Read more]
Dr. Ethan Lazarus invited a collection of physicians to think about the influence of weight bias and the stigmatization of obese people at the Spring Obesity Conference of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians this past spring. In his talk, he reviewed the ways people are treated differently due to their weight, and presented the idea that obesity medicine doctors should become a primary aspect of the health and wellness equation.
In June, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease, though the condition has long been regarded as a medical concern. Much more than an issue of excess weight and aesthetic dissatisfaction, living with obesity puts you at a greater risk of developing serious medical complications. One such obesity-related disease is type-2 diabetes, also commonly referred to as adult-onset diabetes. [Read more]