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The Weight of the Nation

According to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42 percent of American adults will be obese by 2030. Currently, 34 percent of adults are obese. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index, or BMI, of 30 or above.

Obesity seems to be rising among higher-income men while severe obesity (BMI greater than 40) is increasing in both sexes.

Obesity is a serious condition that shortens life and leads to other chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis and heart disease to name a few. In addition, the rising rate of obesity slows down efforts to limit health care costs, which have skyrocketed in the last few years. Some estimates cite that compared to healthy weight individuals, obese adults spend close to $1,500 more in medical expenses each year.

The obesity epidemic has been cited as one of the most pressing health issues facing the nation today. To draw attention to it, a national public education campaign will be launched with the broadcast of a documentary called The Weight of the Nation.

The Weight of the Nation is a four-part documentary series. Parts one and two premiere Monday at 8/7c. Parts three and four premiere Tuesday at 8/7c. HBO will drop its subscriber fees during the premier and stream the episodes of “The Weight of the Nation” in English and Spanish at HBO.com to make them widely accessible to the public. Continue Reading »

How medical home helps manage chronic conditions

Having trouble keeping your chronic condition in check? Ask your RN specialist for help.

 

For many of us, living with a chronic condition such as asthma, depression, high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure is just a fact of life.  Some of these diseases have lots of symptoms, and with others, we are only aware of what our doctor is telling us.  Each of these conditions can be hard to live with, or feel overwhelming, but they all are conditions that can be controlled – when you have the right information.

It’s important to know that there is help and you can get better control.  An important person in your medical home health care team is your RN specialist. As an RN specialist, it’s my job to help you learn what you need to know in order to control your chronic condition.  I can help you live a better life. Continue Reading »

Why you should care if your waistline is increasing: The dangers of metabolic syndrome

Death from coronary heart disease (heart attack) is still the number one cause of death in this country. One of the major risk factors is diabetes and this has been labeled the new epidemic, as by 2025 one in three Americans will have this disease if current trends do not change.

Many people have a combination of problems that put them at an extremely high risk of both diabetes and coronary disease and may not even be aware of it. This combination is known as the metabolic syndrome. Continue Reading »

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