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We know that obesity is a major health problem in this country.  Clearly, when we talk about obesity, we can't ignore the fact that it's attacking young people.  I often talk about health problems associated with obesity, but one of the key problems with reports on obesity is the fact that very few of us consider ourselves as obese.  Let's face it, the term obese is one of those words that conjures up dramatic images.  The truth is the word obese is one which means different things to different people.  It is better to talk about easier ways to measure your weight like being 10% over ideal body weight; that is 10 pounds more for every hundred pounds.  The reason we worry about obesity and weight loss is that a wide variety of chronic conditions like heart disease, stroke, and even certain forms of cancer can be linked to poor diet and being overweight.   

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP