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Obesity could affect 42% of Americans by 2030

By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY

"The obesity problem is likely to get much worse without a major public health intervention," says health economist Eric Finkelstein.WASHINGTON – A new forecast on America’s obesity crisis has health experts fearing a dramatic jump in health care costs if nothing is done to bring the epidemic under control.

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    “The obesity problem is likely to get much worse without a major public health intervention,” says health economist Eric Finkelstein.

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“The obesity problem is likely to get much worse without a major public health intervention,” says health economist Eric Finkelstein.

The new projection, released here Monday, warns that 42% of Americans may end up obese by 2030, and 11% could be severely obese, adding billions of dollars to health care costs.

“If nothing is done (about obesity), it’s going to hinder efforts for health care cost containment,” says Justin Trogdon, a research economist with RTI International, a non-profit research organization in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.

As of 2010, about 36% of adults were obese, which is roughly 30 pounds over a healthy weight, and 6% were severely obese, which is 100 or more pounds over a healthy weight.

“The obesity problem is likely to get much worse without a major public health intervention,” says Eric Finkelstein, a health economist with Duke University Global Health Institute and lead researcher on the new study. He presented his analysis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s “Weight of the Nation” meeting. The study is being published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The increase in the obesity rate would mean 32 million more obese people within two decades, Finkelstein says. That’s on top of the almost 78 million people who were obese in 2010.

Extra weight takes a huge toll on health, increasing the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, many types of cancer, sleep apnea and other debilitating and chronic illnesses.

“Obesity is one of the biggest contributors to why healthcare spending has been going up over the past 20 years,” says Kenneth Thorpe, a professor of health policy at Emory University in Atlanta.

The obesity rate was relatively stable in the USAbetween 1960 and 1980, when about 15% of people fell into the category. It increased dramatically in the ’80s and ’90s and was up to 32% in 2000 and 36% in 2010, according to CDC data. Obesity inched up slightly over the past decade, which has caused speculation that the obesity rate might be leveling off.

Finkelstein and colleagues predicted future obesity rates with a statistical analysis using different CDC data, including body mass index, of several hundred thousand people. Body mass is a number that takes into account height and weight. Their estimates suggest obesity is likely to continue to increase, although not as fast as it has in the past.

Finkelstein says the estimates assume that things have gotten about as bad as they can get in the USA, in terms of an environment that promotes obesity. The country “is already saturated” with fast-food restaurants, cheap junk food and electronic technologies that render people sedentary at home and work, he says. “We don’t expect the environment to get much worse than it is now, or at least we hope it doesn’t.”

In an earlier study, Finkelstein and experts from the CDC estimated that medical-related costs of obesity may be as high as $147 billion a year, or roughly 9% of medical expenditures. An obese person costs an average of $1,400 more in medical expenses a year than someone who is at a healthy weight, they found. Other researchers have estimated the costs may be even higher.

If the obesity rate stays at 2010 levels instead of rising to 42% as predicted, then the country could save more than $549.5 billion in weight-related medical expenditures between now and 2030, says study co-author Trogdon.

Patrick O’Neil, president of the Obesity Society, a group of weight-control researchers and professionals, says that these new projections “indicate that even more people will be losing loved ones and others will be suffering sickness and living lives that fall short of their promise because of obesity.”

 
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Study: Autism risk tied to mom’s obesity during pregnancy

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(CBS/AP) Autism is more likely to occur in children whose mothers were obese while pregnant, new research suggests.

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The study, one of the first of its kind, involved about 1,000 California children, ages 2 to 5. Researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute looked at their mothers’ medical records and examined the association between obesity and autism. Women who were obese during pregnancy were about 67 percent more likely than normal-weight women to have autistic children, the study showed. Obese moms also faced double the risk of having children with other developmental delays.

Obesity isn’t the only risk factor found for pregnant moms in the study. Researchers also looked at prevalence of gestational diabetes and found pregnant moms with diabetes had nearly 2 1/3 times the chance of having a child with developmental delays compared with healthy mothers. Although the proportion of diabetic mothers who had a child with autism was higher, the numbers did not reach statistical significance. 

The study was published online in the April 9 issue of Pediatrics.

What explains the results? Researchers say the study does not indicate cause and effect – and further research must be done to confirm the results. But the authors theorize that obesity – generally about 35 pounds overweight – is linked with inflammation and sometimes elevated levels of blood sugar. Excess blood sugar and inflammation-related substances in a mother’s blood may reach the fetus and damage the developing brain, study author Paula Krakowiak, an epidemiologist at the University of California, Davis, said.

On average, women face a 1 in 88 chance of having a child with autism, according to recent CDC figures. The new research suggests that obesity during pregnancy would increase that to a 1 in 53 chance, the authors said.

“Over a third of U.S. women in their childbearing years are obese and nearly one-tenth have gestational or type 2 diabetes during pregnancy,” Krakowiak said in a written statement. “Our finding that these maternal conditions may be linked with neurodevelopmental problems in children raises concerns and therefore may have serious public-health implications.”

Previous research has linked obesity during pregnancy with stillbirths, preterm births and some birth defects.

U.S. autism rates have increased along with obesity rates, says Dr. Daniel Coury, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He said the research suggests that may be more than a coincidence.

If mothers’ obesity is truly related to autism, it would be only one of many contributing factors, said Coury, who was not involved in the study.

What other factors have been linked to autism? Genetics, mothers’ illnesses and use of certain medicines during pregnancy are a few, according to the CDC.

Although the study looked at obesity in the mothers, it lacks information on women’s diets and other habits during pregnancy that might have influenced fetal development.

The CDC has more on pregnancy complications, including obesity and gestational diabetes.

 


 

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DC Doctor Presents Breakthrough Serotonin Research at The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine 17th Annual Congress. Research is being included in the Academy’s 2009 Medicine Textbook

April 2, 2009

Doctor says lack of serotonin results in an increase in appetite and carb cravings. Since men and women can’t absorb serotonin from food, a patented, scientifically formulated natural oral serotonin supplementation is an answer to weight loss failure.

Dr. Robert Posner is a pioneer in serotonin research and the adverse effects of disruptions in serotonin levels resulting in carb cravings and an increase in appetite. “Everyone has been hearing how a cortisol imbalance leads to belly fat,” said Dr. Posner, “Comparatively speaking, a serotonin imbalance leads to carb carvings and an increase in appetite. Fluctuating serotonin levels are often the culprit of weight loss failure.” Posner is presenting his groundbreaking research for the second time to hundreds of doctors attending The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine 17th Annual Congress April 23rd in Orlando, Florida. Posner last spoke to the group in December, 2008 In Las Vegas. Posner has summarized his research in a chapter which will be included in The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Textbook 2009, currently in production.

“I consider it to be an honor to be invited back to speak at the conference and am excited to continue presenting my research on serotonin,” said Dr. Posner, “ Although serotonin can be found naturally in foods like bananas and nuts, you cannot increase serotonin levels in the body by ingesting food. The total body content of serotonin is 10 to 12 milligrams, which is about one thirtieth of an aspirin, and that amount has a profound effect on appetite, carb cravings, mood, memory, learning, sleep and other cardiovascular functions. Any disruption in levels causes a huge disruption to normal body functioning.”

“People think they are weak if they give in to food cravings, when actually an imbalance in serotonin levels can make it next to impossible to lose weight,” said Dr. Posner, “Nearly everyone knows what it’s like to have carb cravings under stress and nearly every woman has experienced mood and appetite changes during certain stress periods of her cycle.”

Dr. Posner has been in private practice in the Northern Virginia area for 20 years as an internal medicine physician. Dr. Posner developed the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program and the Serotonin Weight Management System™ as a result of his groundbreaking research into the effects of oral serotonin supplementation on weight loss. During the last seven years, nearly 8,000 patients have lost extraordinary amounts of weight through his program which has a 99% success rate and 100% safety record.

Dr. Robert Posner developed and patented the Serotonin Formula™, a unique oral serotonin supplement. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for this invention in January, 2000 (U.S. Patent Number 6,017,946). He has also researched the concept of serotonin replacement for serotonin imbalance conditions, such as depression, chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. He has been invited to present Medical Grand Rounds to the medical staff at the Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia in September, 2009. Dr. Posner’s book, “Doctor, I have a Chemical Imbalance” – The Serotonin Story, was released in June 2002 and gives in-depth analysis of his research. His second book “Stress Eater Diet” released in 2008, is an easy to read pocket guide designed to help woman everywhere with weight issues and is being promoted in Women’s Health Magazine April 2009 edition. Posner’s diet plan was featured on the cover of Woman’s World Magazine January 2009 and he has been interviewed as a weight loss expert on local television.


Local Diet Doctors’ Business Expands Despite Recession

Burke Doctor Opens Satellite Office in National Harbor, Publishes Second Book and is Featured on the Cover of Woman’s World Magazine

Dr. Robert Posner, founder of the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program, the largest medically supervised weight loss program in the region, has opened a satellite office in National Harbor.

“For years enthusiastic patients have been traveling from all over the metro area to take part in my program. It just makes sense to open a satellite office in National Harbor for travel convenience.” Posner has partnered with Michael Chiaramonte, M.D., Medical Director of the Bella Cosmetic Surgery Center. Locally, Posner has four locations: Burke, Chantilly, Bethesda and now National Harbor.

Nationally, Posner has licensed his program to board certified doctors in New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Southern Maryland and soon New York City. “Thousands of Washingtonians have shrunk their waistlines over the past 7 years. On average, patients lose 30 pounds in 12 weeks. We have a 99% success rate and a 100% safety record. It’s only natural that I expand nationally so people across the country can benefit from this one-of-a-kind weight loss program.” said Dr. Posner.

The business expansion comes on the heels of national exposure, both in the media and medical community. The January 12th, 2009 edition of Woman’s World Magazine featured Dr. Posner’s weight loss program in a cover story. And Posner just published his second book “Stress Eater’s Diet” which is an easy to read guide for women on tips to avoid stress eating during stressful times, like a recession. Woman’s Health Magazine introduces the book in an upcoming edition.

In December, Posner spoke to hundreds of doctors at the The American Academy on Anti-Aging Medicine 16th Annual Congress in Las Vegas, where he is regarded as one of the top experts in the world on serotonin and how imbalances increase appetite and carb cravings. ““Everyone has been hearing how a cortisol imbalance leads to belly fat,” said Dr. Posner, “Comparatively speaking, a serotonin imbalance leads to carb carvings and an increase in appetite. Fluctuating serotonin levels are often the culprit of weight loss failure.” Posner has agreed to speak for a second time at the conference in Orlando, Florida in April and has completed a chapter on his research on serotonin supplementation for weight loss which will be included in The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Textbook, 2009.

Dr. Posner has been in private practice in the Northern Virginia area for 20 years as an internal medicine physician. Dr. Posner developed the Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program and the Serotonin Weight Management System™ as a result of his groundbreaking research into the effects of oral serotonin. The Serotonin-Plus Weight Loss Program and Dr. Robert Posner developed and patented the Serotonin Formula™, a unique oral serotonin supplement. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent for this invention in January, 2000 (U.S. Patent Number 6,017,946). He is a former member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. He has also researched the concept of serotonin replacement for serotonin imbalance conditions, such as depression, chronic fatigue, migraine headaches, premenstrual syndrome, fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome. Dr. Posner’s book, “Doctor, I have a Chemical Imbalance” – The Serotonin Story, was released in 2002 is an in-depth read on his breakthrough research.