One of the leading causes of the rising rate of obesity in the United States is overconsumption of fat. With issues such as heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol, many are under the impression that dietary fat is something to avoid at all costs. The truth of the matter is that due to lack of education and a plethora of incorrect information presented by the media, people are painfully unaware that fat is actually an essential component to your diet. Robert Drapkin, M.D., a board-certified physician in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, warns against the dangers of consuming the wrong kinds of fat, and encourages education which leads towards a broad understanding of dietary fat. Dr. Drapkin published a book entitled Over 40 & Sexy as Hell!, wherein he discusses the importance of people eating the right kinds of fat in order to stay healthy.