2017
Posted on: December 24, 2017 by
Whether it’s starting a weight loss program or starting to incorporate exercise or personal training into your life, one of the hardest parts about sticking to either endeavor, is the dread that comes from thinking about how far you have to go to accomplish your goals.Actually, let’s face it, it’s quite normal that when  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 17, 2017 by
One of the medical issues that many of my clients have is diabetes, and I wanted to address that today, specifically, Type 2. Type 2 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to break down sugars from the diet. Normally, cells in the pancreas work to release insulin, a hormone that can process  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 10, 2017 by
The festival of Chanukah is one of the best loved holidays in the Jewish calendar. The powerful images of the miracles of the Jewish victory over the Selucid Greeks in the 2nd Century BCE and the miracle of the one-day supply of oil burning eight days in the re-dedication of the Temple are an  [Read more...]
Posted on: December 3, 2017 by
My husband is as slim as the day I married him.He bothers me about my weight. I avoid intimacy with my husband because I know how he feels about my gaining so much weight during our marriage. I don’t sleep well through the night; I’ve started to snore.It gets so bad  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 26, 2017 by
As happens quite often, I recently read a great article, Hey Sales Reps: Stop Chasing Shiny Objects and Get to Work! by Larry Levine, sales guru, trainer and coach. Anyway, his article was about how sales organizations are focusing too much on the “shiny new thing” — “social selling” (encouraging sales reps to establish  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 18, 2017 by
There once was a young Japanese man who wanted to become a Zen master. So he sought out a famous Zen teacher and asked him how long it would take to reach his goal. “If you study really hard and give me your complete concentration and attention twenty-four hours a day, it will  [Read more...]
Posted on: November 12, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: November 4, 2017 by
Most of the overweight young people I see in the office have overweight or obese parents. Often, despite a child’s size and health issues or risks, many of these parents are in denial of the consequences of a do-nothing attitude, and they are resistant to acknowledging the role they played in their child’s obesity.  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 29, 2017 by
The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are filled with lots of food festivities and socializing. Whether it’s dining out, going to a holiday party, or seeing treats everywhere, from the office to the candy jar at your favorite store, the holiday season really puts our willpower to the test.   [Read more...]
Posted on: October 24, 2017 by
Are you an obese parent with overweight kids? Do YOU like living the life of an overweight person? Is that what you want for your children? Do YOU like shopping for clothes that look good on you instead of being able to buy the clothes you like and want to  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 21, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: October 13, 2017 by
“You have breast cancer.” Those four words can make a woman buckle at the knees.October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a good time to address the issue because of the relationship between obesity and breast cancer —and make no mistake: There IS a relationship. The sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are known to  [Read more...]
Posted on: October 6, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: October 1, 2017 by
One of the most discouraging aspects of weight loss is the inevitable slips . . . and everyone has them. For some people, the occasional slip brings about an all-out binge . . . followed by guilt, disgust, self-loathing, a sense of powerlessness and a feeling of “what’s the use?” Sound familiar?  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 16, 2017 by
I’m really angry today. A mom stopped in to inquire about an appointment for her 15-year old daughter. The mom was referred by her friend (a physician) whose young son was a successful client of ours.This woman’s daughter weighed 170 pounds at her last pediatric “well” visit.Can you imagine?!170 pounds?! 15 years old?!(Coincidentally,  [Read more...]
Posted on: September 9, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: September 2, 2017 by
Dear Dr. ________: The season is about to change. The leaves are about to change colors of red, orange and yellow. The sunrise and sunset times are about to change. The temperatures are about to change. The lazy days of summer will change to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.   [Read more...]
Posted on: August 27, 2017 by
I love this time of year and the wonderful changes it brings. The season is about to change. The leaves are about to change colors of red, orange and yellow. The sunrise and sunset times are about to change. The temperatures are about to change. Summer camp changes to  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 19, 2017 by
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 road) from my office, and that’s why he was running late but that he’d be there shortly. About  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 13, 2017 by
“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~George Bernard Shaw I see clients every day who  [Read more...]
Posted on: August 12, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: August 1, 2017 by
Radiology plays an important role in medical care, but the imaging process becomes more difficult for obese patients. Exams considered simple to perform on average sized patients need to be adapted in order to obtain quality images of obese individuals. Given the alarming trend of obesity and the long list of associated health  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 22, 2017 by
There are many causes of varicose veins, but they are one more side effect of obesity. Veins are vessels that carry blood to the heart. The returning blood has to travel against gravity in the veins; this is done through muscle contractions and a system of valves that allow blood to travel  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 15, 2017 by
Diets that encourage eating only one type of food or promise rapid weight loss can be dangerous to your health. The short list of the possible risks posed by fad diets includes: Nutritional deficiencies caused by a lack of a balanced diet. Lack of variety in foods causes boredom and frustration, and makes  [Read more...]
Posted on: July 9, 2017 by
“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...]
Posted on: July 2, 2017 by
Everyone knows the long list of medical issues associated with obesity: heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease, sleep apnea and too many others to list here. Few, however, realize that excess weight can also affect the health and appearance of your skin. 1. Acne. Sebum plays a major role in acne  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 24, 2017 by
Cholesterol is not exactly a barn-burner of a topic, but it is one of the reasons why so many people make that first phone call to us AFTER their physician tells them their levels are high. And that’s a result almost always because an upward change in one’s weight results in an upward change  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 18, 2017 by
Kids are reaching puberty earlier than a century ago as obesity interrupts hormonal changes in the body. The high obesity rate among very young children is worrisome for many reasons, and one is that obesity causes children to go through puberty earlier. According to an article in Medical Daily(“Early Puberty Is More Common  [Read more...]
Posted on: June 10, 2017 by
For years, researchers and health experts have recommended drinking eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day. I agree that that should be the minimum. I do not agree with those who say it’s not necessary to drink at least that amount, that there are other ways to get water into the body through so-called  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 28, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: May 20, 2017 by
There are many excuses that clients use to try and convince themselves that their weight gain is not their fault, that a bad eating day is not their fault, that a weight stall is not their fault, that they’re not losing weight fast enough is not their fault,that boredom with what they’re eating is  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 14, 2017 by
Josh Hoffman, a great blogger and international digital marketing strategist, recently wrote a wonderful article, The 3 Questions My Therapist Asks Himself Every Day.As I read it, I thought to myself how simple, yet thought-provoking, those threequestions were and that all of us should ask ourselves each day. In particular, I thought of  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 6, 2017 by
As often happens on LinkedIn, someone’s great post inspires one of my own. A recent post by Luke Iorio, Want To Stay Unhappy?Keep Doing These 5 Things, struck me with one of those ‘aha’ moments.Every one of his five points on how to stay unhappy, as relates to personal and professional development, is  [Read more...]
Posted on: May 1, 2017 by
You stick to a diet. You lose a lot of weight. You go off the diet. You gain it all back. You get depressed. You start bingeing. You gain it all back. You go on another diet. You lose some weight. You go off the diet. You gain it all back. You get depressed.  [Read more...]
Posted on: April 20, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: April 13, 2017 by
As obesity numbers rise, so do the numbers of those with high cholesterol. Roughly one quarter of the cholesterol in our bodies resides in our brains. Researchers have found that patients with high levels of “bad” cholesterol in their blood tended to have more harmful tangles of protein inside their brain cells.   [Read more...]
Posted on: April 6, 2017 by
I often shake my head when new clients recite a long list of diets they’ve tried in the past, ranging from the ridiculous to the downright dangerous. My response is always the same:I tell them I can teach them everything I know, but I can’t go home with them, I can’t shop for their  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 30, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: March 24, 2017 by
You’ve followed your diet faithfully, watching every morsel that passes your lips . . . and perhaps you’ve also been out there exercising every day.So why, with all the good intent, determination and motivation, now that you’re starting to see the physical results of all that hard work, have you come up against the  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 20, 2017 by
I see a lot of very overweight and obese young women and for me, since childhood obesity is such a passion of mine, I talk to these women about all the pitfalls of being obese and how it will not only affect their fertility but also how their weight will affect their children  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 10, 2017 by
Here’s another one from the vault of wacky weight loss gimmicks: The Candy Diet! OK, folks . . . so here’s a word to the wise (or, I should say, to the not-too-wise): Unless you’re Forrest (“life is like a box of chocolates”) Gump, if diet pills look like a box of chocolates, they’re  [Read more...]
Posted on: March 5, 2017 by
Parents and students of all ages are in countdown mode for spring break . . . and with that of course comes the anticipated family vacations. (And the end of school and summer vacations are not far behind.) Now is the time that many clients start telling me that, as much as they are  [Read more...]
Posted on: February 24, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: February 17, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: February 10, 2017 by
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...]
Posted on: February 4, 2017 by
Too many people think weight is a food problem. It’s not. Weight is also not a physical problem. The fact is that our bodies will react to what our minds are thinking. Weight gain (or loss) has more to do with what’s going on between our ears than anything  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 28, 2017 by
What’s the connection between being overweight and gum disease? Most research suggests that fat cells produce many chemical signals and hormones that can increase inflammation in the body, decrease the effectiveness of your immune system, and increase your susceptibility to periodontal disease. Other research points to the possible eating habits of overweight  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 22, 2017 by
We all hear this saying a lot, and perhaps others of us say it a lot.Either way, it’s a common expression most often used as relates to the indulgence (or over-indulgence) of food or drink. The so-called “occasional pig-out” or “going off the wagon.” Needless to say, I get asked my opinion on  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 17, 2017 by
In my blog, Just Say “No” To Food Pushers, I wrote about the scourge of those who cannot take “No” for answer. It’s time to do so again. It seems some people relish (no pun intended) that role, and often it’s because they’re miserable in their own bodies. The holiday season, Thanksgiving through  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 10, 2017 by
Although written in 2015, I recently came upon an article by Carson Veady, The 10 Keys to Exceeding Expectations and Achieving Results.You can read it for the full narrative/context to each of these points, but each his points assures success to whatever sights we set for ourselves, including of course our weight loss goals.  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 5, 2017 by
I know it’s strange to find a “how to” article focusing on adding fat to your body. You might say that we already know how to do that—since 2/3 of Americans are overweight and 1/3 are clinically obese. You might say we’ve already mastered this topic! I want to challenge that assumption. I think  [Read more...]
Posted on: January 1, 2017 by
Anotheryear has come to a close. In our personal lives, this is the time when we reflect on the year that has just ended: The things we did, the places we went, the people we met; the good things we’ll always remember, the bad things we hope to forget; the things we are  [Read more...]