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Offers resources to help combat obesity


by: Stamford Advocate

November, 2004

As many as 97 million adults are overweight or obese, substantially raising the risk of accompanying health problems such as hypertension, high cholesterol levels, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gallbladder diseases and sleep apnea. Contributing factors include overeating, eating the wrong kinds of food and lack of exercise.

While there is general agreement as to the health risks of over-weight and obese individuals, there is less agreement about their management. Some in the healthcare field argue against treating obesity to avoid the yo-yo pattern of weight cycling in many individuals. Others argue that the potential hazards of not treating this health problem outweigh the risks. Regardless of any disagreements in the medical professional field, you can take many steps to lead a more healthy lifestyle. To help you, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute has created the Obesity Education Initiative. The Web site for this initiative, serves up a wide variety of resources. Note: (Available directly by clicking at top of article.)

The design and format of the Obesity Education Initiative site is clean, simple and a breeze to navigate. The vast content is broken down into two main categories: patients and the public, and health professionals. Health-care professionals will be able to utilize the obesity clinical guidelines as well as an evidence model and tables, numerous slides on obesity, another BMI calculator and table, as well as other resources.

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