Overweight can lead to oral health problems
Overweight and obesity can have a serious impact on overall health and also in oral health. In this way, dentists are among the health professionals who can guide the affected patient.
The Action Against Obesity Coalition, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people affected by obesity, has relaunched the consumer campaign? , whose goal of the campaign is to educate individuals about weight and educate about the impact of overweight on health. "According to Joe Nadglowski, President and CEO of OAC, millions of Americans are affected by overweight or obesity, but unfortunately, regular conversations about weight among patients and health professionals rarely occur. This fact becomes even more critical considering the significant impact of obesity on health, such as the increased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and some cancers.
Individuals interested in learning more about the relationship between weight and health professionals can visit YourWeightMatters.org, take up the challenge of talking to a health professional about your weight and receive a free help kit from Your Weight Matters. With a food diary, exercise tips and sample questions the health professional can ask, the kit provides participants with information that can be used throughout the weight loss journey. "Dentists are very aware of general health and how it is influenced by the treatment they offer," says Dr. John Fisher, a member of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations. "Diseases such as diabetes have a negative effect on the individual's oral health and are directly linked to obesity."
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