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Kidney Disease And Obesity

Dec 17th 2013 at 9:51 PM

Kidney Contenders participate in many group discussions concerning Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). CKD affects more than twenty-million Americans in the United States alone with the potential increase upwards of fifty-million by 2016 as the result of undiagnosed cases of diabetes and hypertension.

CKD causes stress on the internal organs inside of the body and can cause listlessness and severe depression in many cases.
Imagine having CKD and being obese-what does this combination lead to?

Last May, Kidney Contenders completed a case study on a forty-three year old Mexican-American Hispanic male from Texas who was diagnosed three years ago with obesity, hypertension, and diabetic neuropathy.

Our case study A* has narrowing of the blood vessels throughout his body with infarction on his tissues. His red blood cells (RBCs) are producing less hemoglobin (Hgb), which is resulting in less oxygen travel. His hypertension is causing collagenous fiber development throughout the arterial walls inside of his body. His diabetic neuropathy disorder relates to his autonomic nervous system disorder. His BMI is 35.

Case study A does not believe his obesity effects his body at all; in fact, he believes it is keeping him alive. His theory seems very hard to comprehend especially when we consider all the factors that determine when a person is considered obese.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), obesity is determined by height and weight, commonly referred to as the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculation. An adult is considered obese if his or her BMI is ≥ 30.

The CDC states that more than one-third of adults in the United States are obese. Which factors are causing 35.7% adults to be obese in the United States alone? The CDC breaks down their statistical findings to many factors, with two of the top factors being racial/ethnicity and socioeconomics.

According to the CDC, non-Hispanic black men and Mexican-American Hispanic males who generate higher incomes are more susceptible to obesity. Case study A earns between $50-55,000 annually and lives in a middle-class neighborhood. While his income is not in the top 1%, case study A owns his own home, has private insurance, and has access to two working vehicles. He is living comfortably compared to others within his racial/ethnic profile who earn less. So, what specifically caused his obesity?

Without having access to a daily food journal it is impossible to determine that his choice of food is a sole factor; in fact, it could very well be his psychological perception of consumption of food that caused his obesity and why it lingers.

The fact that case study A does have the financial means to purchase large sums of food and has a perception that obesity is keeping him alive, indicates that he sees his obesity as a means of vitality despite the proven statistical findings that obesity leads to complicated health matters that will result in early mortality.

Is there hope that more education will lead to a different outcome for case study A and others that share his view on obesity? Possibly, if he and others that share his view are willing to look past their own erroneous thinking and allow the opportunity to be educated by medically proven truths by medical professionals. It takes effort to avoid hindsight bias.

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