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Should Doctors Prescribe Weight Loss?

Posted on March 8, 2011 by 12 Comments

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prescriptionA recent study found that when people were told by their doctor that they needed to lose weight for their health, they took the advice seriously and were willing to take action. Unfortunately, the study also found a large number of doctors didn’t mention an overweight or obese patient’s weight at all, possibly leading their patient to believe it wasn’t a health issue.

The study, published in the Feb. 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine, asked 7,790 adults between the ages of 20 and 64 who had their body mass index measured if their doctor had ever mentioned their weight. Shockingly, only 45 percent of overweight and 66 percent of obese participants reported that their doctors had ever brought up the subject.

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Are Just a Few Extra Pounds Risky for Your Health?

Posted on March 3, 2011 by 7 Comments

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pinch an inchA recent study asked the question, “Are just a few extra pounds risky for your health?”

It’s an interesting question, and one well worth asking since 2 out of 3 Americans are either a little or a lot overweight. In fact, being overweight is almost more “normal” now than being at a healthy weight. But does that make it “ok” from a health standpoint?

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Is Indoor Heating a Cause of Obesity?

Posted on February 21, 2011 by 1 Comment

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thermostatYou may have heard reports about a recent study that claimed to have found a link between indoor heating and weight problems. But could it be true?

I find the study very interesting. What the researchers really found wasn’t that indoor heating was making people fat, but rather that people who spent a lot of time in climate-controlled buildings had a lower amount of so-called “brown fat” or brown adipose tissue when compared to those whose buildings were cooler.

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A Secret to Weight Loss Success (That Really Works)

Posted on January 13, 2011 by 10 Comments

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moniotrWant to know the secret of those who lose weight and keep it off? They don’t only eat a well balanced diet and stay active, they also add the habit of monitoring their weight to their routine. For many of my patients, such monitoring has provided the missing piece to solving their weight issues for good.

One patient that comes to mind is a man in his mid-50s who started the medical weight loss program with a BMI of 34. After losing the excess weight, he has maintained a BMI of 26 for more than two years.

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5 Steps to Start and Stick with a Fitness Routine

Posted on January 3, 2011 by 7 Comments

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fitness routineThinking of starting a new fitness program? Unsure how to make the fitness habit stick? Here’s the advice I give my patients about getting—and staying—active.

First of all, check in with your doctor. Depending on your current fitness level, health conditions, physical limitations, and other factors, certain fitness routines or exercising too aggressively might be dangerous. So check in with your doctor before you start a new fitness plan.

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Could the New Weight Loss Medication Help You?

Posted on December 27, 2010 by 1 Comment

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medicationIf it passes final FDA approval on Jan. 31, a new weight loss medication called Contrave could soon be available. Could it help you? Possibly, and especially if you struggle with food addiction issues.

Unlike appetite suppressants and other existing weight loss medications, Contrave works in a new way by combining two medications currently in use to treat nicotine and other addictions—naltrexone SR and bupropion SR­—into one.

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