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Severe Obesity? Let 'Em Eat Kale!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We need to reorient our cultural attitude about obesity so it is not an excuse to argue the respective merits of personal responsibility and public policy. Rather, if we are to fix it at its origins, we need to acknowledge that people who are empowered are most capable, and most inclined, to exercise responsibility.

Gills, Pills and Obesity Genes

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Human beings don't have gills, and there are genes to blame. But the right response looks like swimming lessons, and lifeguards, and fences around pools -- not studying genes while pushing kids into the surf. Not a new pill to fix an age-old part of who we are that was never really broken.

Obesity and Oblivion -- Or -- What I've Learned Under General Anesthesia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I consider it a societal travesty that hyperendemic obesity and the metabolic mayhem that often follows in its wake are treated ever more frequently, in ever younger people, under general anesthesia. Our answer to obesity is, it seems, oblivion.

Our Severely-Obese Daughters and Sons: Of Pennies, Pounds and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Obesity is a cultural problem and requires a cultural solution we have the knowledge and means to administer. That we fail to apply those means bespeaks our ambivalence at best, our profit-driven hypocrisies at worst.

Obesity as Disease: Why I Vote No

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is a certain irony in the nearly immediate juxtaposition of the rare introduction of a new FDA-approved drug for weight loss (Belviq) to the marketplace and the recognition of obesity as a "disease" by the AMA. A line from the movie Jerry Maguire comes to mind: "You complete me!"

All for One

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.09.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

One after another of these young people talked about finding not just a community of understanding at Mindstream, but a new family. They reported finding confidence they never had, self-esteem they had lost. They found self-respect, and purpose, and passion.

Gastric Band: Adjusting to a New Normal

Michelle May, M.D. | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Michelle May, M.D.

Many patients experience a "honeymoon period" following their surgery, during which it seems pretty easy. However, unless there is a fundamental change in the relationship with food, bariatric surgery can feel like a permanent diet that continues to consume their life.

Money, Medicine and Myopia

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I can't say, on the basis of evidence, that NIH is misdirecting vast fortunes from where they could do the most good within our lifetimes. But I certainly do believe it. What I can say is that biomedical research dollars are subject to the same myopia that tends to dominate our personal lives.

Will Taking Away Your Stomach Stop the Hunger in Your Head?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

There is no surgery, no drug, nor herbal remedies or diets that surrender total control of our eating to the stomach. Surgery to make the stomach look like a banana rather than an apple will be the answer to permanent weight loss only when we understand why we are overeating.

Al Roker's Embarrassing Story Not So Unusual

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By now, you've probably heard about Al Roker's unfortunate bathroom-related incident at -- of all places -- the White House. Perhaps almost as surpris...

What's The Rave With Raspberry Ketone?

Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Caroline J. Cederquist, M.D.

Given the findings of a few recent studies, it is thought that raspberry ketone might increase metabolism in humans by helping to accelerate breakdown of fat.

Body Image Researcher David Sarwer Debunks Hollywood Myths

Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W. | Posted 01.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Jean Fain, L.I.C.S.W., M.S.W.

Clearly, celebrity interviews provide no shortage of encouraging words. But if you're in the market for reliable information, there are surely better sources -- so I chose a scientist over a celebrity to debunk some of the body-image myths that Hollywood helps perpetuate.

Plain English About Ounces, Pounds, Dollars and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The way we respond to obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. is like waiting to send every adult to night school to learn English -- painfully, poorly, expensively, and late -- rather than having them grow up speaking fluently all along.

The New 'Magic' Surgery for Weight Loss

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 06.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

Bariatric surgery, whether a stomach bypass operation or sewing together bits of a stomach lining, is not sufficient to prevent emotional overeating or the failure to accept a permanent commitment to health eating and exercise.

Janell Ross

She Voluntarily Gave Up Health Insurance

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 03.28.2012 | Money

In 2009 Dorothy Bunce had health insurance. She also had all kinds of health problems: Bunce weighed just under 300 pounds, and her high blood pressur...

Isn't It Time for Personalized Diets?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 05.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

There are choices for almost everything these days. Call the customer service department of your cell provider or cable company and you will be offered (in a maddeningly slow computerized voice) at least a half a dozen options from which to choose.

Can Weight Loss Surgery Make Diabetes Disappear?

Posted 06.29.2011 | Home

(Reuters) - Weight loss surgery appears to change the body's metabolism in a way that dieting alone cannot, helping to explain why diabetes often ...

Should Commercial Weight-Loss Programs Be Covered By Health Insurance?

Judith J. Wurtman, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judith J. Wurtman, PhD

The problem with programs supplying prepackaged, prepared diet foods is that no such barrier to overeating exists. Boredom and temptation may cause the dieter to abandon the prepared foods altogether.

Exploring Solutions for Obesity

Robin Quivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robin Quivers

A friend recently visited the show and announced that after years of struggling with her weight she's decided to have bariatric surgery. It made me sad.

Movement As Medicine: Spinning And The Self-Care Movement

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Agreed, as a nation we most certainly need intelligent HealthCare and Health Insurance reform, but what we are in just as much need of is SelfCare Reform.

Fitness Trends In 2010: Will New Innovations Replace Old Views?

Carole Carson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Carole Carson

The more readily we learn from the past and update our understanding of the complex nature and causes of obesity, the more quickly we can successfully move into a healthy future.

Can You Tell If Someone is Obese Over the Phone?

Charlotte Hilton Andersen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Charlotte Hilton Andersen

This is the kind of Mensa-level question posed by the D.J. on the radio show I sometimes listen to.