We all want to be realllllly healthy and it makes sense that what we eat is a place to start. Right? Well not so fast. Jenny (isn’t her real name to protect the innocent) went to her health club to lose some weight and get into shape. Jenny had always struggled with being overweight and was even laughed at in grade school because she was plump. (not funny if you’re one of those kids) Continue reading The Problem with Foods–foods that make me want to throw up
It is a very simple concept: Calories in, calories out. The more calories you take in, the greater your chances you will gain weight. The problem is that many people, in fact, most of us, do not want to believe it. We’re always looking for an edge. We want some way that we can beat the system. So, if you’re looking for a way to beat the system, you will not be happy with the results of a study done at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Researchers followed a large group of healthy, middle-aged, U.S. women for more than a decade. The first step of the study confirmed the fact that too many calories leads to weight gain (that’s pretty obvious). In the second part of the study they found that for those who started off at a healthy weight, being successful at maintaining a normal weight meant participating in an…
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And this is why obesity gets out of control!
A few years ago my wife took a bunch of kids to a local frozen yogurt place. The kids take their bowl and choose their frozen yogurt flavor and toppings; the cost is determined at the end of the line based on how much you took. One of our guests filled her bowl (at a sizable expense) but only ate a small portion. My wife told her, ‘if you lived in our household, I would insist that you eat what you took.’ And even though we both hate waste, it seems like human nature to have ‘eyes that are bigger than your stomach.’
An interesting publication (J Pediatr 2014; 164: 323-6) on bowl size and cereal consumption did not make the coveted list of articles reviewed by the editors. But, I think a lot of pediatric providers and anyone who goes to frozen yogurt establishments would find the…
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The patient with asthma has special challenges besides learning which inhaler to use at the right time. Obesity makes asthma worse and asthma is a risk factor for obesity. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Treating obesity will require multiple concurrent strategies….there is no one size fits all!