What are the consequences of obesity?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Health Expert William McCarthy discusses the consequences of obesity.

    William McCarthy

    Dr. William McCarthy is the Medical Director at the NOVA ABC Weight Loss Clinic

    Dr. McCarthy has been in private medical practice in the Northern Virginia area since 1976.  He received a BS (Magna cum laude) at Xavier University in Cincinnati, his M.D. degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C, and served his internship and residency in Family Practice at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals in Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. McCarthy is board certified in bariatric medicine, which is the medical specialty of weight  disorders.  At this time, there are only approximatly 300 board certified bariatricians in the United States.

     He has served as the Chief of Staff and board member of Potomac Hospital here in Woodbridge.  He founded the nationally recognized Continuing Medical Education program at Potomac Hospital and served as it director for over twenty years.  He has been repeatedly voted by his peers as one of the top physicians in the D.C area in the Washington Consumer Checkbook.  Dr. McCarthy has also served as a board member of the Northern Virginia Foundation for Health and Medical Care and on the board of Physician’s Care insurance.  He was the team physician for the Prince William professional baseball team for many years, chosen by the Pirates, Yankees, Cardinals, and White Sox.   Dr. McCarthy has an outstanding reputation as a physician and educator, known not only for his broad knowledge of medicine, but also as a compassionate and caring physician.  After years of treating the health consequences that were brought on by excess weight, Dr. McCarthy decided to shift the focus of his care to the treatment and prevention of the actual cause of these medical problems.  Dr. McCarthy has attended numerous conferences, intensively studied the most current medical literature, and has spent time working with well known, experienced bariatricians in order to enhance his knowledge in the science of weight loss, metabolism, nutrition, exercise, and behavioral aspects of weight control.  He now dedicates his experience and knowledge to those who lives and health are adversely affected by their excess weight.

    Host: What are the medical consequences of being overweight or obese?

    William McCarthy: There are numerous medical consequences of overweight and obesity. Almost all of the chronic diseases that we are seeing anymore somehow are related to obesity either directly or indirectly. For example, type 2 diabetes, 80 to 90% of people with type 2 diabetes are either overweight or obese, other conditions including hypertension, cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke. Diseases such as arthritis, sleep asthenia, acid reflux, liver disease, cirrhosis, galt, hormonal problems.

    We also see even problems such as infertility in both males and females. We also see cancers, we are just starting to realize that obesity and overweight is partly responsible for the increase rates of cancer of the breast, cancer of the prostate, even cancer of the liver and now we are starting to see a new syndrome which we are starting to define called metabolic syndrome. These are just some of the diseases and problems caused by obesity and overweight.