Category: Health and Wellness

‘Tis the Season . . . for Depression

Many people who are overweight or obese suffer with depression. Of those, for many who suffer from even mild depression, the extra burden of being overweight during the year-end holiday season only makes things worse. As I wrote in another article, in my experiences with clients,the larger one gets the smaller their world [Read more...]

Chew On This: Diet and Your Teeth

One of the many questions I ask all prospective clients at the intake has to do with their oral health. I find there’s a commonality between the adult overweight and obese clients who’ve been battling their weight for years, and the younger kids and teens: So many over-fat people have problems with their oral [Read more...]

The Skinny on Fat Cells

They are the building blocks of flab, the payback for cheesecake, the bloated little sacks of grease that make more of us— more than we can fit into our pants!Scorned and despised, they are sucked out surgically by the billions from bulging bellies, backs, and buttocks. And still they come. Scientists used to [Read more...]

The Obesity-Infertility Connection

Infertility is a subject near and dear to my heart. I had that problem almost 20 years ago, when I started trying to have a baby at the old age of 37. That “problem” was solved at 42, and I’m happy to say, is now a college junior! In my case, fertility issues were [Read more...]

Obese Face Higher Radiation

Given the alarming trend of obesity and the long list of associated health risks, it is no surprise that an increasing number of overweight and obese individuals are entering radiology clinics. Most medical imaging equipment, however, is designed with people of an average build in mind and not for overweight and obese patients. As [Read more...]

The Big Boned Theory

“I’m not really that overweight; I’m big boned!” If I had a couple of bucks for every client that has said that to me over the years, I could have retired years ago! There is such a thing as being big boned—but it’s not a medical term, and it’s never used [Read more...]

More Fat, More Radiation

Given the alarming trend of obesity and the long list of associated health risks, it is no surprise that over the past few decades there’s been an increasing prevalence of obese individuals presenting themselves at hospital emergency rooms and entering radiology clinics in need of medical imaging for acute and chronic conditions.Radiology plays an [Read more...]

Take a Load Off Your Feet

As Americans get heavier they are, literally, crushing their feet. Think of it: Your feet are responsible for carrying your whole entire body around. Excess weight, however, changes the way the foot functions. Carrying extra body weight greatly increases pressure on the bottom of the feet, flattens the feet, shortens your [Read more...]

Obesity and Iron Deficiency

Iron is a mineral that’s vital to our health, our metabolism and survival. All of our cells contain some iron, but most of the iron in our bodies is in our red blood cellswhich transport oxygen from our lungs to the organs and tissues throughout our bodies. However, inflammation associated with excess body weight [Read more...]

The Female Gain Game

One of the questions I get asked by so many of my female clients is “I have a girlfriend who can eat anything she wants and never gains weight. Why is that? I hate her!” And my answer is always the same: “Don’t worry, be happy; it’ll catch up with [Read more...]

“It’s Under Control” . . . Is It?

Not surprisingly, I meet many people who have all the various medical issues associated with being overweight and obese: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, acid reflux, insulin resistance . . . just to name a few.Unfortunately, I find that too many have a very cavalier attitude about it.When I question whether or not [Read more...]

‘Healthy Obesity’ is Seriously Funny

The term ‘healthy obesity’ has gained some traction over the last several years, and I want to put that oxymoron to rest.When I hear it, I always ask, “What does that mean? . . . that you haven’t had a stroke or heart attack yet?” . . . that the ticking time bomb hasn’t [Read more...]

The Disease of Kings (and Commoners)

Once upon a time gout was associated with overindulgence in people of the upper class who had access to foods and alcohol of plenty. As a matter of fact, in 1726, British physician Richard Blackmore called gout “the grievous Calamity of the Great, the Rich and the most Easy in their Circumstances.” It became [Read more...]

When You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail

You’ve heard over and over again how a food diary is the most powerful proven aid for dieters, that those who keep a food diary lose more weight. And that’s true. But, food diaries are also a very important tool for those who have lost weight and need to keep it off, as well [Read more...]

Are You Losing Sleep and Gaining Weight?

Sleep services all aspects of our bodies in one way or another: molecular, energy balance, as well as intellectual function, alertness and mood. There is not a single tissue in the body that is not beneficially affected by sleep. It’s the single most effective thing we can do every day to reset the health [Read more...]

Liposuction is NOT a Weight Loss Strategy

I have worked with thousands of clients over the years, many of whom have come to me after having a liposuction procedure to learn how to eat correctly to lose a small amount of weight, 10 to 15 pounds, as well as how to keep it off so that the procedure they had [Read more...]

It’s What You DON’T See That Can Kill You

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? It’s obvious: You see your face, your hair, and all your external body parts, and lots and lots of skin. But what you don’t see is what’s going on inside . . . and if you’re overweight or obese I’m talking about the stuff that [Read more...]

Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

People are connected, and so their health is connected, said authors of their research findings a decade ago in The New England Journal of Medicine. It was the first time that prestigious journal published a study of how social networks affect health and, more specifically, how social networks play a powerful role in [Read more...]

Good Mornings Start Here

In his article, The Path to Productivity: Focus On 1st Hour, William King speaks to those (managers, supervisors, department heads, etc.) who are, at the end of the day, responsible for production output of a team, be it in an office or manufacturing setting. He writes of the importance of the first hour of [Read more...]

Obesity in the O.R.—A Weighty Problem for Anesthesiologists

We know that obese patients can expect longer surgery times. Just getting through the fat layers takes more time; obesity can often double the length of surgery. However, the longer the surgery proceeds, the longer the patient will need to be asleep, and the more anesthesia is necessary. What many people don’t [Read more...]

High Fat Fast Foods Fast to Your Blood

So, have you always thought there’s an exception when it comes to indulging in “just one” fatty meal? Experts have known for years that long-term consumption of junk food clogs arteries, but a few years ago a study published in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology indicated that damage to the arteries actually occurs [Read more...]

Eating Well vs. Eating Right

If you’re an active business person, especially a small business owner or entrepreneur who wears many hats all day long, it is so important to eat right every day to keep your body satiated and brain mentally focused throughout the long work day. And this has nothing to do with your size (overweight or [Read more...]

Obesity in Men: Unhealthy and Unmanly

While obesity affects both women and men, it’s women who more often, in my experience, will eventually seek professional assistance of some kind to lose weight, or do one quick-fix gimmick after another. Men, on the other hand, again in my experience and going by what they tell me when we meet for [Read more...]