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Obesity Costs Approaching 300 Billion Annually

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Jan 17, 2011 1:10:00 PM

I came upon this article in healthday news, on January 11, 2011, that drives home the financial impact of obesity in our country and Canada.  The total economic cost of overweight and obesity in the United States is $270 billion per year while the cost in Canada is about $30 billion a year, a new study shows.

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Obesity, GERD, dietary suggestions, obesity surgery

FDA Panel May Expand Lap-Band to Smaller Waists

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Dec 7, 2010 1:58:00 AM

By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: December 01, 2010

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Obesity, GERD, lap band, obesity surgery

Obesity in Adolescents Leads to Adult Obesity: A Risk Factor for GERD

Posted by Anthony Starpoli on Nov 21, 2010 12:54:00 PM

The prevalence of obesity has increased in recent years. However, individuals who are obese early in life have not been studied over time to determine whether they develop severe obesity in adulthood, thus limiting effective interventions to reduce severe obesity incidence and its potentially life-threatening-associated conditions. According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, obesity in adolescence was significantly associated with increased risk of incident severe obesity in adulthood, with variations by gender and race/ethnicity.

It is important to remember that obesity is an independent risk factor for GERD or reflux.  Early intervention in the beginning of adulthood is essential may prevent long-term obesity and its complications.  As an adolescent, portion control and the avoidance of fatty and processed foods should be be enforced.  Obesity is an epidemic in the USA that seems to be on the rise.  The worldwide prevalence of GERD is about 18 percent.

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