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Yes, Size Matters--Editorial

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This unbalanced view ignores other well-documented studies showing that weight, and particularly abdominal girth, is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In addition, do I need to remind you that excess weight is associated with a multitude of other conditions including sleep apnea, infertility, arthritis, depression anxiety, and certain cancers? Less commonly known is that obesity can lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease--an asymptomatic condition, that can lead to liver fibrosis or cirrhosis. In children, obesity contributes to poor academic performance, bullying and low self-esteem. The list goes on and on.

So, while getting fit is associated with reducing some health risks, failing to tackle the fat problem is linked to many more.

No, you can't be obese and healthy just like you can't be a smoker and be healthy. The Surgeon General has a responsibility to educate Americans based on evidence-based medicine rather than politically correct messages. And, while every public figure deserves their privacy, she should take a lesson from her boss and stop dodging the issue.

Dr. Benjamin, your "prescription" to Americans is delivering a dangerous message.
America..size matters.

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Interesting connection to BMI. A recent study with mild/moderate depression patients also found a significant link between depression (onset/duration/TRD) and a patient BMI over 30. It seems that patients with elevated BMI are often deficient in folate status (several studies). This is perhaps the first significant biomarker the will help physicians more effectively treat depression. Experts unveiled and discussed these principles during 2011 U.S. Psych Congress (November, Las Vegas). Use of the active form of folate (L-methylfolate) has been shown to overcome such a folate deficiency and spur the increased production of all three mood neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Your thoughts?

December 13, 2011 - 12:41pm
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