Thursday, January 7, 2010

Obesity Replaces Smoking as Top U.S. Health Threat

An article in the February issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that obesity had a worse effect on people’s lives than smoking.

Researchers found that obesity is an equal, if not greater, contributor to the burden of disease and shortening of healthy life in comparison to smoking.

In a article, Dr. Arya Sharma explained why obesity can be more dangerous than smoking.

"Health impacts of obesity are, in many ways, much larger, than the health impacts of smoking," said Dr. Sharma, "(Smoking) in the end, is limited to heart disease and cancer."

In contrast, obesity has a wide range of negative effects.

Obesity can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart disease, joint replacement and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Sleep apnea is a serious condition. Left untreated, OSA can make it more difficult to lose weight because it drains a person of energy. Treating OSA can help break this cycle.

This new study supports what health advocates have said for years.

This 15-year study included more than 3.5 million individuals. Interviews were conducted annually. Researchers tracked overall physical and mental health of the population.

From 1993 to 2008, the proportion of adult smokers decreased by 18.5 percent. During this time, the proportion of obese people increased by 85 percent.

Overall, smoking had a bigger impact on deaths. Obesity had a bigger impact on illness.

1 comment:

  1. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.



The Official Blog of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) is intended as an information source only. Content of this blog should not be used for self-diagnosis or treatment, and it is not a substitute for medical care, which should be provided by the appropriate health care professional. If you suspect you have a sleep-related breathing disorder, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you should consult your personal physician or visit an AASM-accredited sleep disorders center. The AADSM, and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, as the managing agent of the AADSM, assume no liability for the information contained on the Official Blog of the AADSM or for its use.