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High Holy Healthy Days

A holiday is a holy day because it interrupts the daily flow of our usually very busy lives with messages and reminders that we need to make life worth living. As we approach the Jewish New Year in a few days, the holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur that so many will [Read more...]

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Last week, a 17-year old client who lives 10 minutes away and had a 9:00 a.m. appointment, called the office at 9:05 to say there was a big car accident one block up (on a well-traveled avenue) from my office, and that’s why she was running late but that she’d be there shortly. About [Read more...]

The Stress of The Dress

If your high school senior son or daughter is obese, and if you think peer pressure and teen socialization is tough as it is, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! No, I’m not talking about the stress of waiting for acceptances to all those college applications.I’m also not referring to the pressures teens [Read more...]

The Weight of the Work Force

Obesity is a high risk for a long list of serious medical diagnoses, as well as poor health in general. That translates to higher healthcare costs associated with those medical issues. Two thirds of a typical American workforce is overweight or obese. They are at a higher risk for developing the diseases that [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...]

“D-I-E-T”-Noun or Verb?

When you think of the word diet, do you think of it as a noun or a verb? The answer to that question may very well explain why dietingis so difficult for so many. Those who struggle the most with weight loss and lifestyle change are those whose underlying intention is to change [Read more...]

Avoid the Beer Belly Blues: Rethink Your Drink

The official first day of summer is almost here. Sun. Surf. Sand. Barbecues and beer. Beautiful beach sunsets and bottles of wine. Happy hours and hang-overs. Alcohol is deeply entrenched in our culture as a way to have fun, let loose, and be social . . . and we [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...]

Do You Take Health Advice From An Unhealthy Doctor?

I don’t believe I’m going out on a limb when I say that we expect people in their fields of service to match what they’re selling. Speaking for myself, I do. We expect dentists to have good teeth. We expect dermatologists to have nice skin. We expect personal shoppers to [Read more...]

Can Clutter and Chaos Make You Fat?

In his excellent article, Declutter Your Desk to Declutter Your Mind, Brett Berhoff wrote about the clutter-mind connection. In my line of work, I can say without question that physical clutter and chaos is directly linked to excessive weight. Clutter and excessive weight make a perfect match for each other they both [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...]

Preparing For The Prom

As I do every year immediately after New Year’s, I start to remind clients to get laser-focused on their weight loss goals because time passes quickly, and the difficult eating challenges (for most)—Easter and Passover holidays—will be upon us. But, something else is also drawing near: the senior prom. The senior prom [Read more...]

Job Hunting Over-50? Over-60? Over-Weight?

I read a wonderful, informative article by George Armes, Over 50? 60? All’s (definitely) Not Lost! that provides one great piece of advice after another for older adults to get past the stereotypical younger recruiter across the desk to either get back into the job market or switch jobs. One of Mr. Armes’ [Read more...]

How Divorced Parents Make Fat Kids

An article by psychotherapist and marriage counselor, Mel Schwartz, For the Sake of the Children, really struck a nerve with me. Of course, it speaks about “working” at a marriage; that’s what we commit to on our wedding day. When all working fails, however, and if/when the time comes, the whole notion of [Read more...]

Obesity and Fall Risk for Seniors

Over the pastseveral years, while obesity rates have increased in most age groups in the United States, the biggest rise has been in older adults. According to a Syracuse University research study done a fewyears ago and conducted over an 8-year period with 10,000 seniors, obese seniors were found to be 50% more likely [Read more...]