Health Dangers of Male Potbelly Epidemic Detailed in New Book

PUYALLUP, Wash., Dec. 14, 2006 -- Researcher Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D., announced today the release of his book, "Obesity: Why Are Men Getting Pregnant?" that discusses the factors associated with the increase in male obesity and offers health suggestions for those who are plagued by their expanding bellies. Published by Basic Health Publications with a suggested retail price of $18.95 ($24.95 in Canada) the book is available for purchase on and

In the book, Dr. Schauss outlines the many factors that make people prone to obesity and potbellies including metabolism, fat cells, the way the body reacts to stress, sleep deprivation, the tendency toward insulin resistance, age, gender, genetics and diet. He explains why this particular type of obesity is so dangerous and discusses the specific diseases and risks associated with the potbelly.

"Why Are Men Getting Pregnant?" includes user-friendly scientific information on how the body processes food and how fat is deposited directly into one’s midsection. Additionally, Dr. Schauss discusses the pros and cons of possible interventions people can take to address their pregnant-looking bellies, such as: appetite control, surgery, dietary supplementation and exercise.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that male obesity rates have jumped considerably over the past decade. In 1995, approximately 15 percent of men were obese, whereas in 2005 nearly 25 percent of men had an obese body mass index (BMI). Female obesity rates experienced a comparable hike. Dr. Schauss hopes this book will help bring this issue to light for both men and women and will provide them with the necessary tools to take control of their health and wellness.

"This book is written for men who despair that they look pregnant and for women who are bothered by the thickness of their midsections," says Dr. Schauss. "It clarifies what works and what doesn’t in dealing with a potbelly and emphasizes the danger of complacency."

About the author:
Alexander G. Schauss, Ph.D., senior director of natural and medicinal products research for AIBMR Life Sciences, Inc., has held faculty appointments at four institutions of higher learning, including that of associate professor of behavioral sciences, associate professor of research, clinical professor of natural products research and adjunct research clinical professor of botanical medicine. He now concentrates on research. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Linus Pauling Lecture Award from the American College for the Advancement of Medicine for "contributions to the medical sciences." The author of 12 books on health and nutrition, and the senior co-author of four others, Dr. Schuass lives in Tacoma, Wash.

For more information on the book, visit or contact Amanda Holty at [email protected] or 801.538.0777, ext.
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