Friday, October 17, 2008

Australian Medical Association Backs 'Measure Up' Campaign

“AMA President, Dr Rosanna Capolingua, commended the government on the launch of its 'Measure Up' campaign. The campaign, which was launched today, is aimed at helping people understand the health risks posed by carrying excessive weight. ‘We are pleased to see the government is highlighting this important indicator. It is also vital people understand they need to see a doctor to be advised on not only the cause, but the management of the issue.’ ‘Central obesity is a risk factor that doctors take into account when assessing the overall risk of disease. Medical diagnosis and advice on increased abdominal girth is essential in the proper management and care of the patient.’ ‘Excess weight can lead to a range of bad health outcomes - such as life threatening cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. We know that we can avoid and reduce the risk of these diseases with better community understanding and the right support,’ Dr Capolingua said. ‘Doctors know that increasing abdominal girth can also be an indicator for a range of diseases unrelated to lifestyle.’ ‘The Measure Up Campaign is a clever and simple way for people to be alerted to a danger sign. Your GP can help you with a proper evaluation of symptoms, appropriate tests, management and advice on suitable diet and exercise where lifestyle is the issue.’ Dr Capolingua said broadening community awareness of the health risks associated with poor lifestyle choices is a positive step forward.”

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