Health Alert 9-28-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

September 28, 2012 - "F as in Fat". that's the name of a new report on the future of America's waistline.The study conducted by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation uses government data on obesity to make predictions about our weight in coming years. This year Mississippi topped the Centers for Disease Control list of chunkiest states, with a nearly 35 percent adult obesity rate. However, according to the new report, by 2030, 13 states could have obesity rates over 60-percent. Some experts question the accuracy of this weighty research, saying it is difficult to predict future weight trends accurately. The report proposes to put America on a weight-loss challenge, saying if all adults reduced their body mass index by 5-percent, states could save billions of dollars on health care.

Also, for adults who are severely obese, there is more proof gastric bypass surgery is an effective way to lose weight and improve health. Researchers at the University of Utah looked at patients six years after they had the procedure. 96 percent of patients took off 10 percent of their body weight and kept it off. 76 percent lost 20 percent of their weight. And most diabetics who had the surgery saw their disease disappear.

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