January 10, 2014
On January 9, 2014, WMTW Channel 8 aired the eighth installment of an ongoing news segment titled Heart Health. The installment featured an interview with Deena Small, Ph.D., associate professor of biochemistry.
Heart Health 8: Obesity Epidemic discussed the growing problem of obesity in Maine and throughout the country, citing the importance of knowing the health implications of the condition, including high blood pressure, liver disease, and cancer.
Small stated that 37% of adults are considered obese, as are 17% of children. With a grant from the American Heart Association, she is conducting research into “why obesity and specifically how the structure of fat, itself, increases the risk for cardiovascular disease as well as type 2 diabetes.”