Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Indiana Pharmacists Weigh in on Obesity

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Indiana Pharmacists Weigh in on Obesity

Article excerpt

Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the US, according to David Satcher, MD, US Surgeon General. In December 2001, he announced that the percentage of Americans who are obese has risen since 1991 and the increases are seen in all ages, races, ethnic groups, and in both genders. He stated that more than 300,000 deaths each year are associated with obesity. Indiana has the dubious honor in 2001 of being the 12th fattest state in the nation.

Four pharmacists at Marsh Supermarket became concerned over the growing trend of Hoosiers to develop Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease and they recognized the connection to obesity. The group met several times over a six-month period and developed a weight management program called On Your Weigh to Health, which was based on National Institute of Health guidelines. The program provides a multidisciplinary approach utilizing pharmacists, registered dietitians and chefs to help clients achieve their weight management goals. The program focuses on the health risks of obesity, the benefits of a 10% weight loss, and maintaining that weight loss. …

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