A Call to Action. Obesity: Lessons Learned During the Pandemic and Other Alarming Issues

Available for Interviews: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, specializing in anesthesiology, pain management, and regenerative medicine. Having over 20 years of experience has helped her to cultivate a passion for regenerative medicine and holistic healing. Dr. Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in the greater Phoenix area.


What Dr. Tammy Penhollow can say in an interview on
Obesity and Other Alarming Health Issues

    • 40% of Americans are struggling with obesity.
    • Obesity is emerging as one of the major risk factors for COVID-19 severity, particularly in young patients. It’s not so surprising to this Anesthesiologist, who assesses risk for anesthesia in an average of 30-40 patients a day. Obesity is a foundational condition that very quickly increases risk and prevalence of many other medical conditions and almost exponentially increases morbidity and mortality.

    • Obesity is defined broadly as a body mass index greater than or equal to 30, but is further stratified into CDC grade I (BMI 30 – 34.9), grade II (BMI 35 – 39.9) and grade III (BMI >/=40, also known as morbid obesity).  
    • Obesity is associated with obstructive sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. In the younger patient population, these comorbid diseases may not have had the time to manifest to full-blown diagnoses, but the underlying issues are present
    • Even if people of this sector have not yet manifested other health issues or have been given an official diagnosis for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or cholesterol, obstructive sleep apnea, being obese is is an epidemic and future health problems await this population.

What Can We Do To
Solve This Problem Together?

    • We need to work together to decrease the risk of developing other maladies.
    • On the individual side, we need to recognize that there’s no magic pill. If there was such a magic thing then we wouldn’t have the proliferous obesity problem we see today in this country.
    • Eating correctly and exercising daily is key to attacking this malady.
    • At the societal level, there must be more regulation in our food industry and accountability at the highest levels of leadership in our food suppliers.
    • Genetically modified foods are a factor in obesity. When people eat clean and eat purer foods they simply don’t have all of those additives, the food industry needs to have more pressure placed upon them from the people and from our government.
    • Foods need to be made more affordable so that people are not making decisions about their diet based on financial reasons. We don’t want people feeling like they have to choose fast food over other healthier choices simply because they cannot afford the best food.
    • People who are obese need to talk with their physicians, develop a plan for the long haul. This is something that is going to improve one’s life in so many different ways by maintaining healthy body weight.
    • It is crucial that we all take control over our health so we can prevent developing diseases that are occurring in such alarming rates in our country.
    • There is no quick fix, but taking measurable steps now to turn back the clock on obesity will give those who are struggling with this reality to live longer and prosper happily and healthily.

Here is Dr. Tammy Penhollow talking more about this.

Interview: Dr. Tammy Penhollow

Dr. Tammy Penhollow practices at Precision Regenerative Medicine in Scottsdale, Arizona, where develops individualized treatment plans for musculoskeletal and spine interventions with PRP and bone marrow aspirate using image guidance, as well as micro-needling with PRP for skin, hair and anti-aging conditions. She also stays active in teaching as an Instructor in Anesthesiology for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science and as a Supplemental Consultant for the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix.

A former active duty US Naval Officer, Dr. Penhollow has lived, practiced, and has been deployed around the US and overseas. She embodies the lifestyle she recommends to her patients and is an active hiker, gardener and yogi as well as a French trained home chef and an aspiring sommelier.

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