Obesity has become a household word over the past decade.
With popular shows such as The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Fit Club, and get fit quick plans such as the drive-thru diet, the average household is exposed to the prevalence of obesity as a national concern. As often explained in these shows, heavy individuals are more prone to certain diseases and health concerns.
According to a report issued by the CDC, 30 percent of Georgians in State Health District 1-1 which includes Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Paulding, Polk, and Walker Counties, are obese. This is a more than 15 percent increase in the last 10 years and 1 percent above the national average.
“As a family physician in the Floyd county area, I have seen an increase in patients that come to me with complications from diabetes and other chronic diseases that are a direct result of weight issues. Discussing weight issues with your family doctor can help you to save money and heartache down the line,” said Dr. Leonard D. Reeves of Floyd Medical Center and President of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.
Your family physician can provide you with useful information in restructuring your diet and exercise routine. With the supervision of your doctor, obesity can be diagnosed and addressed to help prevent future health complications from diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Your physician also has access to local community resources that can help with nutrition education.
Established in 1947, the GAFP is a member chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. GAFP strives to promote the specialty of family medicine through the education of and service to Family Physicians in Georgia. Boasting a membership of 2,500 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students, the organization supports those who aspire to achieve excellence and who are committed to delivering it. For more information, visit www.gafp.org or call 404-321-7445.