Booklet Designed To Assist Obese Patients - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/2/03

Booklet Designed To Assist Obese Patients

About 300,000 deaths every year could be prevented, but are instead blamed on unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity. That's why the American Medical Association and the Department of Health and Human Services are teaming up to provide a 10 page booklet to help physicians improve the health of their obese patients.

Dr. Donald Palmisano, AMA President, says that 64% of Americans are overweight or obese. This can lead to Diabetes, heart attacks, stroke and certain types of cancers. It's a very serious problem and he says that this booklet is a tool to help fix that problem.

According to author, Dr. Robert Kushner, the booklet breaks down each of these cases into the fundamental strategies of what you need to do to help the patient from dietary care, to exercise counseling, to communication issues, to identifying readiness, all the way to using medication and surgery.

Dr. Robert Kushner of the Feinberg School of Medicine is writing the Adult Obesity Primer for physicians. This guidebook from the AMA is due out this week.

For more information about the Adult Obesity Primer, visit (click here) .

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