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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.

Childhood Obesity: Have We Turned the Tide?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The headline in the New York Times, was: "Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43 Percent in a Decade." This, and similarly effusive headlines reverberating throughout the news media, would seem to invite the question: have we, in fact, turned the tide? Is the mission accomplished?

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.

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.

Childhood Obesity: Not Just Waitin' on the World to Change

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Children trying to overcome the burdens of obesity on their health and self-image are routinely obligated to weather a daily storm of bullying, abuse, and derision. They are denied the solace of friendship -- and often turn to food for comfort.

How I Learned to Control My Anger

Hunter Willis | Posted 01.13.2013 | Teen
Hunter Willis

Coming from one of the worst environments since my parents divorce, I was in desperate need of help. I had just been thrown out of my high school for acting completely inappropriate, and having terrible fits of anger.

'How Horses Helped Me Overcome My Obesity'

Kris Beall | Posted 10.31.2012 | Teen
Kris Beall

A year ago, life wasn't too good for me. My pant sizes were going up two sizes a week and then before I knew it, I was up to size 44 jeans. My life was absolutely miserable.

The Problem With Our Approach To The Obesity Epidemic

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Fundamentally, we have converted a world in which calories were relatively scarce and hard to get and physical activity unavoidable into a world where physical activity is scarce and hard to get and calories are unavoidable.