Yearly Archives: 2010

Big Weight Loss from Small Changes

It’s the time of year for hopeful New Year’s resolutions including diet changes promoting weight loss and improved health. Unfortunately, many people start optimistically then utterly fail to continue eating healthy. Attempting too drastic a change easily leads to failure. It is very difficult to completely revamp your eating habits, so for better results, start slowly, exchanging a few foods for healthier, lower-calorie choices. [Read more]

Put Some Resolve in Your New Year’s Resolution

Weight loss is hard enough at any time of the year, but by making it a New Year’s resolution you’re motivating yourself but also potentially setting yourself up for failure. The following are a few ways that you can maintain your resolve in order to fulfill your resolutions.
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Reasons to Encourage Exercise in Girls

Childhood obesity is a serious problem in New York, so much so that many children are entering medical weight loss programs before their teenage years. Still, there is a delicate balance between encouraging exercise in girls and ensuring that they do not become obsessed with losing weight, which can lead to further problems.
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Obese Teens at Risk for Severe Adult Obesity

According to a thirteen-year study tracking childhood obesity rates as they relate to future adult severe obesity rates, a greatly increased risk of adult obesity was confirmed for obese youths. The U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health started in 1996. The results of the study, published recently in The Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at severe obesity rates over time, comparing risks related to body weight as teenagers. Severe obesity is defined as being between 80 and 100 pounds above ideal weights, having a body mass index (BMI) of at least 40.

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Talking to Obese Teens

Teenagers who are obese are 16 times more likely to become severely obese adults than teens who have a normal weight, according to a November 2010 Journal of the American Medical Association study. Obesity is generally considered an appearance issue in a looks-obsessed society, but being obese is actually a medical concern. These are important reasons to talk about kids weight loss with your teen, but discussing the topic with sensitivity and insight will help to prevent future lifelong complications. The American Dietetic Association suggests the following tips when talking to teens about weight:
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Stretch and Feel Great

Many people will agree that the best part of exercising is stretching. Think of it as a reward for getting through your medical weight loss workout! But even if you do not exercise regularly, the Mayo Clinic recommends that you stretch a minimum of three times per week to maintain flexibility. If you participate in regular aerobic and strength training as part of a medical weight loss program, then you should incorporate stretching into your routine every time you exercise, while staying in contact with your medical weight loss team for support and guidance. Stretching not only improves flexibility — which helps you to perform everyday tasks such as lifting groceries and tying your shoes more easily — but it improves your circulation as well. By promoting greater range of joint motion, stretching helps you keep better balance, making you less prone to falls — an important consideration as you age. Lastly, stretching is a great stress-reliever as it relaxes tense muscles.
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Reduce Sugar for your Kids

Looking for fast ways to help your kids with weight control? Reducing sugar intake may be the best thing you can do to help control the risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Although refined sugars have long been blamed for their negative effects on our kid’s health, food manufacturers spend enormous amounts of money debunking credible research that shows the harmful effects of our sugar laden diets.

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Lifestyle Changes Lead to Weight Loss

Take in fewer calories than you burn, and you will lose weight. While this equation makes weight loss seem simple, it can be tough to stick with the lifestyle changes needed to accomplish this goal especially if you are faced with losing a significant amount of weight. New studies are showing that, with the help of medical weight loss supervision, it is possible to make the changes needed to lose weight and become healthier even if you are severely obese.
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The Correlation Between Industry Regulation and Obesity

Criticizing an industry over its practices is a risky proposition. The defensive and offensive mechanisms are well oiled and ready to be rolled out the moment a threat to profit is detected. For years we have watched the tobacco industry fly in the face of public health issues with complete disregard for the long-term effects on society.

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The Cost of Obesity and Being Overweight

With approximately 60 percent of the United States population overweight, it is expected that by 2030 about 50 percent of the total population will be overweight or obese. Through studies, scientists have learned that being overweight or obese is more costly than being of a normal weight. Not only does being obese or overweight impact the individual, but also employers, other employees, and the government. [Read more]