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By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is a devastating price to be paid for obesity. Each year that a person is obese increases their risk of developing coronary artery disease by 2 to 4 percent.

We have talked about this before but one of the problems with studies and reports like this is that people who are weight challenged tend to get very discouraged and there can be a cycle of eating that can follow this and other discouraging news.

As more studies are being performed, it is becoming clear that counseling and support could play a crucial role for those struggling with weight issues and the hope is that more funding for this support and awareness in the health care community could help with those struggles.

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