Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Increased Obesity Hindering Success At Reducing Heart Disease Risk

“The dramatic increase in overweight and obesity in adult Americans over the past 20 years has undermined public health success at reducing risk for heart disease, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2009. ‘Despite focused public health efforts, there is no net improvement in the overall cardiovascular risk factor profile over the past two decades in the U.S. population,’ said Kami Banks, M.D., M.P.H., lead investigator of the study and a cardiology research fellow in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Banks is calling on the medical community to put more emphasis on prevention to reverse the obesity trend. ‘Lifestyle changes and physical activity are key,’ she said. ‘As physicians we need to prescribe prevention - writing exercise prescriptions and healthy dietary prescriptions just like we prescribe medication.’”

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