New Book Targets Obesity as Top Heart-Health Issue

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Authors Gerald Berenson and NancyKay Wessman announce the release of their new book

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In their new book “You Can Fix The Fat From Childhood ― & Other Heart Disease Risks, Too” (published by AuthorHouse), Gerald Berenson and NancyKay Wessman tell readers how they can control and prevent obesity, one of the top six risk factors for heart disease.

Launching during National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, the book showcases lessons learned in the unique 40-year Bogalusa Heart Study (BHS). Berenson says the research involving 16,000 black and white children shows that heart disease risk factors develop in early childhood and can predict adult heart disease. Berenson first recognized the obesity epidemic in the 1980’s and, as those children have aged, has tracked development of such chronic conditions as hypertension, high blood cholesterol, and diabetes.

An excerpt from “You Can Fix The Fat From Childhood ― & Other Heart Disease Risks, Too”:

“We know – we have observed and we have proved in the BHS – that obesity and other major causes of adult heart disease begin in childhood. More than four million infants are born each year, and only a very small percentage suffers heart defects or other diseases. Even so, a staggering 90 percent will develop some aspect of heart and vascular disease. You and individual family members can choose to take responsibility for your own good health and for the health of your children. You can fix the fat and live a longer, healthier life.”

Berenson and Wessman expect their book to help people avoid preventable health issues. “You can improve how you feel and think about yourself,” says Berenson. “You can learn to work with health and education professionals toward reducing disability from heart disease and, maybe, prolong life and quality of life.” Wessman added, “Losing fat requires attitude and action, but we can fix it!”

About the Authors
Gerald Berenson is principal investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study, nationally and internationally known for the study of the early natural history of heart disease. After observing that poor lifestyles, unhealthy diet, smoking, and physical inactivity contribute to fatness – obesity – he and his colleagues developed a prevention program for elementary school children, the Health Ahead/Heart Smart health education program, and a Family Health Program to control cardiovascular risk factors.

NancyKay Wessman, an early career newspaper journalist, worked 25 years as director of communications and public relations for Mississippi’s statewide public health agency. She is a founding member of the National Public Health Information Coalition, a graduate of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a master’s degree in public health, and a charter member of the Tulane SPHTM Alumni Association Board of Directors.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.

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