Obesity

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Obesity puts people on a course toward chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. The implications of obesity on a persons health and the cost of health care are serious. Dr. Edward Hill looks at the consequences of obesity in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Obesity is emerging as a health epidemic around the world and it can have both immediate and long-term effects on a persons health and well-being.

People who are obese are at an increased risk for serious diseases and health conditions like diabetes, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, some cancers, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These conditions can cause premature death or disability.

People who are overweight or obese can also have difficulties with day-to-day living. Normal tasks become harder when you are obese, as movement is more difficult. You also may tend to tire more quickly and become short of breath.

Poor eating and exercise patterns are often established during childhood. Fortunately, a healthy home environment can promote healthy habits.

Parents can have a profound influence on children by promoting certain values and attitudes, by rewarding or reinforcing specific behaviors, and by serving as role models. Healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.