This article is very interesting because it offers some perspective on the degree to which our children and adolescents have succumbed to the silent killer – a disease that causes all sorts of problems throughout the body : type 2 diabetes. The primary cause, as with adults, is excess weight and obesity. Indeed, childhood obesity is rising at a faster pace that that of adults and the problems isn’t going away any time soon. This article highlights the need for a renewed push to save our teens from problems that should never plague them in the first place.
More on this topic from NPR: A Dire Sign Of The Obesity Epidemic: Teen Diabetes Soaring, Study Finds : Shots – Health Blog : NPR
Our take: Childhood obesity is nothing new and while children’s bodies are better able to withstand many of the ailments that accompany obesity, there is a limit. As children become more and more obese they will begin to develop the very same comorbidities as obese adults. Each of these comorbidities can cause serious damage to the body, if left unchecked. The result, as we are seeing, will be ever younger diabetes patients and shortened lifespans with a poor quality of life. Childhood obesity in the United States is an epidemic the likes of which we have never seen before.
We wanted to highlight this article because the link between certain forms of cancer and excess weight is becoming every clearer. Indeed, the study referenced in this article has made the connection – using their own methodology – between obesity and the increased virulence of papillary thyroid cancer. Ultimately, beyond the fact that obesity may indeed cause more aggressive thyroid cancers, it also complicates the surgery needed to treat it. This and similar research should be followed closely, especially in those patients who are at a higher risk of papillary thyroid cancer.
More on this topic at Medical News Today: More Aggressive Papillary Thyroid Cancer Found In Obese Patients
Our take: Dr. Duncan is one of the foremost thyroid and parathyroid surgeons in the United States and has been at the leading edge of several surgical techniques including the no neck scar thyroid removal. This, combined with his extensive experience in bariatrics, has given him first-hand experience with how obesity and excess weight affects other parts of the body. Ultimately, the findings of this study are not terribly surprising. Obesity takes a toll on the entire body and developing a definitive link between obesity and certain forms of cancer is an important next step.
In this article, the rising costs of obesity are explored as they relate to the entire population of the United States. The article postures that we as a nation bear the brunt of the $150-190 billion a year cost of obesity through higher health insurance premiums and government expense. It can be boiled down to the fact that as our country as a whole gains weight, we pay more and more. How do we reduce the cost of obesity in the United States? A widespread solution to excess weight and obesity is still being explored.
More on this topic from the USATODAY.com Editorial: The fatter the nation is, the more you pay
Our take: Weight loss surgery and medical weight loss programs are two of the most effective ways to lose weight, and keep it off, over the long term. The key however is prevention. While we will never fully stamp out obesity, we need to find out how to reduce its impact on our society. Whether it is through innovative government, corporate or school policies or alternately an incentive program, we are all looking forward to the answer that finally “clicks.”
Have a look at this very interesting article about waist-to-height ratio as a predictor of cardiometabolic risk. The article, citing a recent study, posits that the waist-to-height-ratio is a better predictor of this risk than waist circumference or Body Mass Index, two very popular measures of obesity and cardiovascular risk. The study may lead the weight loss industry to modify its method of evaluating the risks of excess weight by either incorporating waist-to-height ratio or using it as the primary measure of risk. Either way, this study offers exciting insight into ways to measure risks associated with excess weight.
Read more at Medical News Today: Waist Less Than Half Of Height Helps You Live Longer
Our take: This is a very interesting article and the study referenced is a new take on measuring risk. As a weight loss surgery practice, with a non-surgical component, we know that there is no single, perfect predictive tool. Obesity is a complicated disease that manifests itself differently in every person. By incorporating several diagnostic tests, we can get an even better picture of overall patient risk.