I distinctly remember an incident during my first year in family medicine residency when a moderately obese nurse practitioner contradicted one of my colleagues comments that obese people are unhealthy.
She made it a point to emphasize that we, as a new batch of young doctors need to be careful not to discriminate and just assume that all obese patients have medical illnesses and went so far as to state, and I quote ” Obese people CAN be healthy.”
15 years later, I KNOW she was wrong-
I have yet to meet a “healthy” obese patient- this is simply a health oxymoron. We all collectively know as a society that obesity is unhealthy now, but do you know that MORBID obesity (Body Mass Index -BMI over 35) is called that since mortality rates increase significantly at that level of extra weight?
This formula which takes into account the height and weight has it’s limitations and does not apply to all, but it is the simplest and most used weight “vital sign” in general medicine.
In fact, if doctors don’t measure, document, treat and bill correctly for the obesity diagnosis, the reimbursement rates are lower. Medicare and insurance companies care about our weight since it directly ties into longevity and quality of life.
Here are the most common complications and direct causes of morbid obesity-
Increased risks for:
2. High blood pressure (Hypertension)
3. High cholesterol (Hyperlipidemia)
4. Obstructive sleep apnea
5. Acid reflux (GERD) and other related digestive disorders
6. Early onset osteoarthritis of joints
8. Blood clots
10. And almost every type of CANCER
So, don’t make another excuse or delay managing your weight- obtaining and maintaining a healthy weight is one of the best things you can do to extend and improve the quality of your life.
Adopt a cultural and lifestyle change like the Move More/Tone Up online fitness challenge and start a healthgist life!
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