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Grant Hewitt

Is Obesity Reversible?

Weight Management, Wellness

Last month The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a respected medical journal, published “Treating obesity seriously: when recommendations for lifestyle change confront biological adaptations.” This article advises how to “seriously” treat obesity. Because this article may unwittingly provide support for a defeated and discouraged attitude towards losing weight, I decided to weigh in. From my experience, obese patients are all-too-quick to conclude “There’s nothing I can do about being obese”  or give up with an “I can’t help it” attitude.  Medical journals should not be used to support such gloomy and false ideas.  To avoid this, let’s clarify some statements made, “…improved lifestyle choices might be sufficient for lasting reductions in bodyweight prior to sustained obesity. Once obesity is established, however, bodyweight seems to … Continue reading

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Peg Quinlan RD, LMNT

Are You at a Healthy Body Weight?—Understanding BMI

Nutrition, Wellness

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is calculated from your height and weight. BMI is a useful measure of overweight status and obesity; it is an estimate of body fat and a good gauge of your risk for diseases that can occur with more body fat. The higher your BMI, the higher your risk for certain disease such as: Heart disease High blood pressure Type 2 diabetes Gallstones Breathing problems Certain cancers The Centers for Disease Control The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses BMI to define terms like overweight and obese. Use the BMI tables to estimate your body fat. The BMI score means the following: Although BMI can be used for most men and women, it does have some limits: … Continue reading

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Chelsea Gauer, RD, LMNT

4 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthfully

Nutrition, Parenting, Pediatrics, Weight Management, Wellness

We’ve been hearing it for over a decade now: Our kids are getting heavier. One in three of our youngsters are overweight or obese. Prevalence of childhood obesity has tripled since the 1970’s, and is now America’s number one health concern for parents, even over drug and alcohol use. But these are things we already know. The more interesting topic is: What are we doing about it? As a country? A community? As parents? The government is trying its best by changing the school lunch guidelines, which will continue to slowly change until 2022. However, some might argue not slowly enough. Though the initial hype has gone down, kids are still retaliating and complaining of the severe changes made in … Continue reading

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Jacque Thiele RD, LMNT

The Not-So-Sweet Side of Sugary Drinks

Weight Management, Wellness

There are fingers pointing every which way when it comes to the cause of obesity. There is new technology which allows us to do more without getting out of our seats, the high fructose corn syrup found in all sorts of food items, and fast food industry which spends unbelievable amounts of time and money on advertising their foods and building locations at every corner: all topics which have received some sort of criticism for the obesity epidemic. One of the latest concerns is the amount of calories we consume from sugary beverages. Whether it’s the giant soda we grab at the gas station, the juice that usually comes with the statement “it comes from fruit so it must be … Continue reading

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Toni Kuehneman

Portion Distortion


Recently, The New York Times reported on a story from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Michael Jacobsen, Ph.D, is the director of CSPI – but I like to call him the “chief of the food police” as he is usually featured in the news media informing the public about high calorie popcorn served at theaters, the high fat food served at some Chinese restaurants and so on. In these stories, his emphasis is on the negative. While he does provide solutions at times, his message often is missed because of all the reporting on the negative. In the current story, he is criticizing food labels because the portion sizes are too small compared to today’s large … Continue reading

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