Psychologists have proven that people who are well prepared for the realities of their weight management program are typically more successful than people who go into a program full of hope but a bit fuzzy on the details. [Read more]
The recent release of the first FDA approved weight loss medication in over a decade has prompted quite a conversation about the best ways to lose weight. The small amount of weight loss that this pill can supply is not enough to make the drastic changes necessary in an obese person’s life. [Read more]
Germophobes read on with caution: every surface of your body, outside and in, is covered with bacteria. They number about 100 trillion, which amounts to about 10 bacterial cells for each human cell. Representing about 10,000 different species of microbe, they make up between one and three percent of a person’s body mass, meaning that the typical 200-pound person could be carrying as much as 6 pounds of bacteria. [Read more]
We are not talking about the plastic shopping bags that you are given at the store, but instead the big canvas reusable bags that a lot of us tug around everywhere. The study conducted by the Oregon Public Health Division evaluated the way in which the norovirus, which most of us know as the stomach flu, was transported to an entire soccer team after the bag was brought out to the field to deliver snacks. The reason? It turned out that the bag came from a home where someone in the family recently had exhibited symptoms of the stomach flu, and the bag was stored in the bathroom while the person was sick. [Read more]
The weekend: for many of us, it’s a time of relaxation and leisure, a time of sleeping in late and staying out later. We often change our schedules entirely on the weekend in an attempt to escape from the travails of our hectic work weeks. Although sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday can feel great, new research shows that this kind of schedule switching can have detrimental health impacts by throwing our circadian rhythms out of whack. [Read more]
Though the days of everyone and his dog growing tiny sprouts from terra cotta kittens, hippos and Homer Simpson heads may be behind us, the plant that made Chia Pets such a craze in the 80’s and 90’s is making a comeback in health food stores around the country. High in fiber, Omega-3, 6 and 9 essential fatty acid and other minerals, chia seeds have been touted as a new health food in popular health and fitness circles and have stormed the market in the past three years in dozens of new products. [Read more]
The benefits of weight loss surgery outweigh the risk of complications for clinically obese people who suffer from chronic kidney disease, according to the recently released findings of a new study. The researchers studied the results of weight loss surgeries performed on more than 27,000 people between 2006 and 2008. [Read more]
If you are overweight or obese and are struggling to lose weight on your own, then speaking with a weight loss specialist may be one of the most beneficial steps that you can take on route to living a healthier lifestyle. All too often, general physicians do not discuss weight issues during annual checkups, even when the patient is expecting and possibly even craving the medical advice. [Read more]
We often hear that living a long life depends on trying to stay in shape, eating nutritious food and maintaining an ideal body weight. Despite this advice, many of us carry around just a few extra pounds and think that it poses minimal risk to our health.
A number of studies suggest that beta-blockers, one of the most common medications for high blood pressure, increase a patient’s obesity risk in a number of ways.