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Think Tank

May 15, 2009

Eat better. Get moving.

These are the wise “branding” words of a recent  ASU college of design graphic arts  graduate whose project on childhood obesity caught my attention at the Senior, Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory PURL. This think tank uniquely pairs students with ideas to mentors offering grants for a wide range of projects. My son Jason is also a new ASU design graphic arts  graduate. His project MakeItAccessible is Making the Web Accessible for the disabled users of the world wide web.

Make it Work

Make it Work

Obese kids have a higher probabilty of becoming disabled without interventions like Eat better…..Get Moving.

Big Kids
The American Academy of Pediatrics has urged physicians to monitor blood pressure beginning at age three and cholesterol beginning at age eight if there is a family history, because one-third of all kids born in 2000 are expected to become diabetic. High blood pressure incidence has tripled in kids over the past decade, and more than 10% of kids have cholesterol levels greater than 200mg/dl. More than one million teens are at risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes because of their weight. Kids who love the smell of fast food and prefer to eat it instead of tripling their intake of fresh fruits and vegetables (as recommended in the 2008 updated Federal Dietary Guidelines) are most definitely at risk.

Bigger Adults
The diseases associated with obesity are serious and life-threatening. The risks for obese patients who need surgery are monumental. I would also like to note the threat to the caregivers, who risk disability from back injury while caring for obese people. I often have to manage patients on hospital gurneys or beds for transport onto and off the operating room table. I have had to rotate patients weighing from two hundred to five hundred pounds onto the abdomen when the surgeon needed access to the back.

I am all too familiar with this subject because for over twenty years, I have performed acute care anesthesia for patients who needed elective and emergency surgery. I feel compelled to express my views regarding this monumental health care crisis in the hope of creating much-needed change.

Dr Geiger

Excerpt from  The Sweet Smell of  Success

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