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What is the (True) Relationship Between Weight and Health

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Instructor: Abstract:

Both the medical and lay literature report an association between increased body weight (obesity) and the risk of chronic disease and premature mortality.  But obesity is a heterogeneous category that, as a screening tool, over-estimates the risk for some, while ignoring the risk for others.  This presentation will explain the definition and clinical importance of obesity, central obesity and metabolic syndrome.  We will discuss how to identify people at risk for chronic disease more effectively, and review simple strategies to improve metabolic health and reduce the risk of developing chronic disease.  

Speaker Bio

Lisa Nelson will be giving a virtual grand rounds at the Austen Riggs Center.Lisa Nelson, MD, is a practicing family physician with Community Health Programs, a federally qualified health center in Great Barrington, MA. She serves as the director of medical education for the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is a graduate of Kripalu's 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training and Foundations of Ayurveda.  

Dr. Nelson is a clinical instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in the School of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University Of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. She works with medical schools, community groups, and allied health professionals throughout the US to increase awareness about the treatment and prevention of chronic disease through yoga, exercise, and nutrition. She has presented her work at the US Capitol and Library of Congress, and provided the keynote address for the Advocacy Academy, hosted by the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Dr. Nelson is co-author, with Annie B. Kay, of the book Yoga and Diabetes, published by the American Diabetes Association, spring 2015.  

Format: Videocast and Audio Podcast

Continuing Education Credits Authorized: 0

Learning Objectives

Discuss the complex relationship between weight and health.
Define obesity, central obesity, and metabolic syndrome, and recognize why these distinctions are important.
Identify simple lab tests and biometric measurements to evaluate your metabolic health and take steps to improve it.

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