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Wednesday, May 05, 2010 9:00 AM
Podcast: Obesity in the U.S.

Debra: From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, I’m Debra James with Healthcare 411: Information for better health.

AHRQ’s new 2009 National Healthcare Quality Report reviewed data on obesity. It found most overweight children and one-third of obese adults aren’t getting the information they need from their health care providers to help them live healthier lives. Dr. Ernie Moy explains the report’s findings:

Dr. Moy: In this year’s report, we looked at health care to promote healthy lifestyles because preventing and reducing obesity is a growing national concern. We found that a significant number of children and obese adults did not get advice from their clinicians about exercise or diet, and that many were not even informed that they were overweight. Being uninsured increased the risk of not getting such advice as well as other needed preventive services.

Debra: Go online to get more resources and tips for living healthy at ahrq.gov/consumer. Healthcare 411 is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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