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Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Fight to the Finish: Defeating Obesity and Obesity Bias

There are very few diseases as common, or as immediately obvious, in present day America as obesity. Unfortunately, the visible nature of the disease is one of the contributing factors to a decrease in enjoyment of life for those suffering from obesity. The increased risk for heart failure and diabetes is terrible enough, but constant criticism and condemnation from the general public only furthers the suffering of victims. Unlike other diseases, such as cancer, it is often the case that the overweight individual is blamed for their ailment. This double standard has become a terrifyingly real phenomenon in recent years that must swiftly be brought to an end.

Obesity Bias, or the act of assigning the fault of one’s obesity on the individual, is an instinctual reaction that is equally insensitive and unfair. Instead of sympathy, most people feel a sensation similar to resent for those who suffer from chronic weight retention. On both ends of the spectrum, much of the problem is due to biological responses – many humans retain the archaic instinct to consume calories desperately, and others judge the less healthy due to their inability to live up to the survival of the fittest. Regardless, there is absolutely no reason to judge those who suffer, especially when the focus should be on “how” or why”.

Although answers to overwhelming obesity do exist, such as the successful procedures of bariatric surgery in Oklahoma City, eliminating Obesity Bias is a cheaper, safer option that addresses the issue directly. Instead of insulting the victim, perhaps it is the culture that made it possible that is in the wrong. With so many extra calories openly available for anyone to consume, is it really a surprise that weight gain is an ever increasing trend?

Do you think it’s an individual’s fault if they are obese? How much could eliminating Obesity Bias aid in bettering our understanding of the problem?

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Achieving Awareness and Understanding of the Neurological Industry

In 2013, between the dates of April 28 and May, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons will celebrate National Neurosurgery Awareness Week alongside of the 81st Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans. Doctors from around the nation will be gathering in Louisiana to generate awareness for two major issues – the safety of patients and concussion awareness. The capabilities of neurological science is advancing at a rapid rate, and doctors must work together in order to figure out the latest improvements in aiding patients. It’s also important for the members of the neuroscience culture to communicate with those that rely on them so that a relationship of trust can be built over time.

In order to increase the awareness of neurological problems, Oklahoma neurosurgery doctors have participated in a slide show with various other partners. The demonstration gives doctors the chance to inform the public in depth about the brain and problems it can encounter.  It’s their goal to educate sports coaches, parents, and park district officials on concussions. As one of the most frequent - and potentially deadly - head injuries, it is integral that as many people as possible can recognize the signs of a concussion. By attempting to inform the public, neurosurgeons may very well be taking preventative measures to future complications.

Nothing can permanently do away with the threat of neurological trauma, but sharing information is the first step toward living in a world with as little of it as possible. National Neurosurgery Awareness Week is not just a conference for brain surgeons, but an opportunity for anyone to increase their understanding. Countless articles and other media regarding the safety and well-being of your brain, skull, back, and spine can be read for free at the conference, or online at the AANS’s website.

Would you want to learn about concussions, and perhaps view the AANS’s slideshow?

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