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Paging Dr. Brent: Lose Those Love Handles

This year, we learned that two-thirds of us are officially overweight or obese, meaning that we have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25. Then came the even more troubling news that our children are growing bigger, too. At the rate we're all going, by 2015, 75 percent of adults in the United States will be overweight and more than 40 percent of those will be obese. As a result, we'll see more people suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes, indigestion, gallstones, breast cancer, sleep apnea, stress, depression, and anxiety -- all of which are associated with obesity. We will see more people dying at younger ages.

How could such a serious health problem arise? One reason is that many of us don't think of ourselves as part of the problem. Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that obese men and women are much less likely than people of healthy weights to be clear about what weight levels are considered obese. If obese adults (those with a BMI greater than 30) don't realize it, they're less likely to heed public health messages or seek medical attention that can help.

Calculate your BMI with this tool, and then let your doctor know what you find out.

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Comments (3)

  • Bettybo 23 Jan, 2008

    I watched your show today and am excited about doing the 30 get health plan. I'm headed out to get a few ingredients that I don't have on hand and will use your dinner suggestion tonight.

  • andwenm 23 Jan, 2008

    Can you provide an exercise program for people who have had double knee replacements? It seems like all of the programs offered have people immediately get down on their knees, and I am unable to do that.

    Thank you!

  • a204801 19 Jan, 2008

    Last year you wrote about a company that created brain fitness programs. I cant recall the name, but you interviewed someone from the company. Recently, I came across a company that does the same thing. they look to be very credible. Is this the same company or a different one? Its called Posit Science. Here is there website: http://www.positscience.com . They actually seem to have a published and peer reviewed work. Is this the same company?