Obesity in Americans

A survey from the Rand Corporation of Santa Monica, California indicates that clinically severe obesity (more than 100 pounds overweight) is increasing in Americans at an alarming rate, quadrupling from 1986 to 2000.

Severely overweight people require more health services than do normal weight people, and are at increased risk of a number of diseases. Physician offices and hospitals are often not equipped to handle severely obese patients as scales may not accommodate them. Wheel chairs, operating room tables, and imaging equipment may not be large enough, making it impossible or difficult to give routine medical care.

(Archives of Internal Medicine 163:2146-2148, October 13, 2003)

Copyright 2003 Phylis A Austin


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