Commentary (Cooper): Nutritional Support of Patients Undergoing Radiation Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer
March 01, 2005
What do we know for sureabout the health implicationsof inappropriateweight and nutrition? We know thatapproximately 60% of US adults currentlyare considered overweight orobese and approximately 300,000deaths a year in this country are associatedwith overweight and obesity.And, most importantly for this discussion,we know that randomizedcontrolled trials suggest that lifestylechanges resulting in the loss of excessweight reduce the risk cardiovasculardisease, lower blood pressure, lowerblood sugar, and improve lipid levels. In essence, there is a chain ofevidence: A medical condition exists,the condition causes adverse outcomes,with interventions the conditioncan be reversed, and the problemsit causes can be ameliorated.