Tag Archives: Obesity

In the wake of recent efforts by the Institute of Medicine to implement a nationwide strategy to conquer the American obesity epidemic, many are taking another look at how the overweight are treated in our society. The two-thirds of our nation who are now overweight are often subjected to ridicule and bias based on their weight, which may be the last socially-accepted form of discrimination in our country. Weight stigmatization causes the overweight to not only become marginalized and depressed—it also contributes to continued weight gain throughout America. [Read more]



Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is a serious condition that results from blood clotting in the deep veins within the legs. DVT can cause pulmonary embolism, a life threatening condition, when part of the leg blood clot enters the blood stream and obstructs the lungs. Research now indicates that people who are obese increase their risk of DVT. People who are obese have a Body Mass Index (BMI) or greater than 30. Those that are morbidly obese have a BMI of between 40 and 50; while those are considered super obese have a BMI over 50.

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Extreme obesity carries many health risks, which leads many people to consider lap band surgery. Many people throughout the Albany area try to lose weight on their own. However, it is not an easy process and there are times when weight loss surgery is the next reasonable step. Once the risks with being obese outweigh the risks of the surgery, it is time to consider this option. For example, recent research indicates that those who are extremely obese have an increased risk of death due to the H1N1 flu.
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