Being Healthy and Obese is a Myth
Obesity, a major medical issue, not often discussed, is prevalent in the African American community and I hesitate to discuss the disease because it can be a touchy subject. Recent medical research reveals that people who are obese are likely to develop heart failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease (poor circulation in the extremities), and heart attacks. There are medical issues that the study surveyed, but physicians are aware that other serious, medical issues such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and osteoarthritis are directly related to obesity.
Often, patients can make it difficult for physicians to discuss obesity with them. You should be concerned about your physician having your best interest at heart if obesity is not discussed.
Obesity has been declared a disease by the medical profession. It is a health disparity in our community and should be handled appropriately.
Your opinion matters.
Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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