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Americans too fat to donate organs

America is fat and getting fatter. It’s estimated 93 million of us are obese.

It seems more of us want to get in line to donate organs, but as it turns out those who are obese don’t have a fat chance. At least that’s the news from the National Kidney Foundation’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Case in point comes from Long Island New York where more than 25% of willing kidney donors was rejected because they’re obese. This may sound unfair or discriminatory but it’s not. Obese organ donors and their recipients incur less favorable outcomes than transplants made by those who are slimmer.

Despite the fact that there are no established weight guidelines, most hospitals exclude living donors with a Body Mass Index of 35 or more. If you’re dead apparently BMI is not a transplant concern.

So as our waistlines expand and our donor pools shrink… the wait becomes even direr for the 90,000 people who need transplant. Any way you chew this fat, it’s bad news.

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This entry was posted on May 14, 2012 by in NewsFix Now.
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