In this presentation, Frank Hu, MD, PhD, will review various studies highlighting implications of obesity on conditions associated with –and contributing to—CVD. He will discuss research on dietary changes to reduce  cardiometabolic risk and improve outcomes in this patient population.

The prevalence of obesity in the US has reached epidemic proportions. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30; rates for it have more than doubled in adults and children since 1970. Recent figures indicate over 78 million US adults are obese today. Obesity is associated with numerous health issues including arthritis, cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and is linked to multiple comorbid conditions underlying CVD including hypertension, diabetes, and dyslipidemia. This condition is often due to consequences of heart-damaging lifestyle choices including lack of exercise and poor dietary choices. Diet is critical to development and prevention of heart disease and is a key modifiable risk factor.

Dr. Frank Hu is Professor and Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

This presentation took place at the Cardiometabolic Health Congress (CMHC) at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, in Boston, MA, on October 4, 2017.

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