A Healthier You

Monday, March 14, 2011

By Adam King, MD, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

If your daughter had cancer, would you want her to be treated? If she needed treatment every day, would you refuse to take her because you were too tired or there wasn’t enough time in the day to cure her cancer? Of course you wouldn’t. For almost 35% of Americans, both young and old, a disease just as deadly is not being treated every day. This disease is obesity.

In 2008, 32 percent of men were obese, 35 percent of women, and 10 percent of children aged two to five and nearly 20 percent of children aged six to 18 were obese, and these statistics keep rising. Statistics show that obese people may live a shorter life than they should and many will die younger than their parents.

Obesity is an excess proportion of total body fat. A person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20 percent or more above normal weight. Being overweight or obese is measured by body mass index (BMI). You can find out your BMI by visiting this link at Columbia St. Mary’s website, http://www.columbia-stmarys.org/BMI

Here at Columbia St. Mary’s, our physicians and staff are able to help recognize, treat and be your allies through the process of making a healthier you. For most, a change in diet and exercise will help, while others may need more help.

We want you to live a long and healthy life . . . today is the start of a new you.

Dr. Adam King is an Internal Medicine/Pediatric physician who practices at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital Ozaukee.Office appointments can be scheduled through Columbia St. Mary’s Germantown Clinic or Columbia St. Mary’s Grafton Medical Center. For an appointment call (262) 250-7800 or (262) 376-1934.

 

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