Obesity has always been a major public health concern in the country, but relatively little research has been done about obesity in Washington State. That all changed when Dr. David Bonauto of the state’s Department of Labor and Industries reported the results of a survey conducted from 2003 to 2009 that took a look at the body mass index (BMI) of people across different occupations. According to Alan Mozes of 21 WFMJ, Washington’s truck drivers are the most obese, followed by similar workers:
“Also on the high-risk end of the obesity scale were men and women involved in transporting and moving material (38 percent); protective-service workers, such as police, firefighters and emergency responders (33 percent); cleaning- and building-service employees (30 percent); mechanics and repairpersons (29 percent); administrative and clerical personnel (28 percent); salespeople (25 percent); and executives and managers (24 percent).”
It’s no wonder, then, that a large number of people in the state suffer from heart and respiratory ailments, which are some of the biggest reasons they need to visit urgent care centers. Paine Field, Everett urgent care centers, such as those managed by U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, can treat obesity, specifically by addressing some of its symptoms rather than by offering weight-loss programs, prescription medicine, and other short-term solutions.
Obesity is linked to conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and osteoarthritis. If left unchecked, more serious conditions like gallbladder disease, diabetes, poor wound healing, and stroke can occur: things that are beyond the expertise of urgent care providers. Regular exercise and diet may not even be enough to treat obesity.
Experts say that people with a BMI of 35 are considered morbidly obese and would need to undergo specialized medical treatment like bariatric surgery. Rather than wait before their condition worsens, obese individuals need to adopt healthier lifestyles and coordinate with a trusted urgent care provider such as a walk in clinic in Paine Field, Everett for proper health maintenance and the treatment of acute, non-critical symptoms.
(Article Information and Image from Truck drivers top list of overweight workers, 21 WFMJ, January 17, 2014)