Posts Tagged ‘weight and health’

New surgeon general is overweight. Does it matter?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

President Obama’s pick for the new surgeon general, Regina Benjamin, M.D., is drawing a little controversy.  She appears overweight.

Here at My Family Doctor we have a little argument going on whether this should matter.

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Studies: Overweight is not unhealthy? The bottom line on diabetes, heart disease, arthritis risk and more.

Friday, August 15th, 2008

by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H.

I have read and reread the obesity articles in the August 11/25, 2008, Archives of Internal Medicine attempting to glean a take-home message. They’ve been all over the news because they surprisingly concluded that about a third of overweight and obese people are at low risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As if that weren’t enough, around a quarter of those at normal weight are at high risk.

So what is it about the fat that’s different? What do we do with this data?

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