Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Fat Attack Can Kill You

What is a "Fat Attack?"  A "Fat Attack" is defined as a gain of more than 5% of your total body weight.  A gain of this much weight can be notably detrimental to your health.  Gaining just 5% of your total body weight increases your risk for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, stroke, osteoarthritis, polycysitic ovarian disease, allergies, and the list goes on . . .  Most importantly, your weight gain significantly affects your life and increases your risk of death by 20-40% according to recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Between 300,000-400,000 deaths occur every year due to obesity.  435,000 deaths occurred due to smoking in 2008 according to the CDC.  Obesity is just as dangerous as smoking
"Overweight and obesity are now so common that they are replacing the more traditional public health concerns such as under-nutrition and infectious disease as some of the most significant contributors to ill health." (World Health Organization 1997 statement on obesity.)
So what should you do if you're having a "Fat Attack?" You should follow up with a your physician or a weight management specialist, a physician that is specialty trained in the treatment of obesity and its related disorders.
You can find a physician that has this special training through the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. These physicians have significant specialty training in identifying and successfully treating overweight and obesity conditions.
You can be successful in loosing weight and your "Fat Attack" shouldn't lead you to a heart attack. Look up your nearby bariatrician and start your treatment today.

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