What can I do… Obesity

It is only by persistent intelligent study of disease upon a methodical plan of examination that a man gradually learns to correlate his daily lessons with the facts of his previous experience and of that of his fellows, and so acquires clinical wisdom.

– Sir William Osler

I need to carry out an important message on Obesity, but have yet the chance to sit back and reflect. It’s the cause of a list of health problems:

  • Diabetes (Type II)
  • Hypertension
  • Hypercholesteremia
  • gallbladder stones that requires surgical removal by the time you’re 40
  • liver failure
  • heart problems
  • did I mention cancer?

breast, endometrial, prostate by the time you’re 50 something.

It saddens me to see this happen to anyone. Just in a case study last semester we talked about removing gallbladder stones by cholestectomy. Then this semester we discussed an infertile woman who had to get her uterus removed because of uterine fibroids and endometrial cancer. Honestly, there isn’t a user friendly webpage that keeps it more simple, but we have to start from somewhere. Here’s one in layman’s terms: http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/obesity-health-risks

Healthy weight for your height can be calculated using the BMI Calculator.
Overweight is over BMI 25  and obese is over BMI 30. Morbidly obese is BMI 35+

How do you tell someone to lose weight when obviously it is just too difficult once you become obese? Even for yourself it is difficult. The most important thing is to exercise. Even if you don’t lose the weight, exercising gives you a fighting chance.
What to do:

  • Eat less carbs and more wheat products. You can still enjoy spaghetti only make it wheat.
  • Cut the alcohol.
  • More fruits and vegetables ; has added fibers . Or take some Metamucil with lots of water.
  • Even Diet drinks are bad. They can still cause fatty liver if you have too much of it.
  • Using a weight loss calculator [comment from guest].
  • Eat things in proportion. Here’s what a healthy plate should look like
  • Walk. EXERCISE.
  • Snack, lots of healthy snacks. Fat free popcorn, rice cakes.
  • Keep a food journal. This is probably the most difficult to do…
  • You can decrease mortality 30% by dropping your BMI 5 points.

This nail salon also charges more for a Mani/Pedi because there is a 200 lb weight limit to their spa chairs, but obviously some people weight more than that are sitting on it.

Besides, who wants to be charged for 2 airlines seats?


Weight loss drugs that cause Sudden Cardiac Death


3 months of drug use in an obese patient and heart arrhythmias could occur from right ventricle heart failure. Death in 6 months.

Last edited:  May 18, 2012

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