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Leaner Isn’t Always Better For Athletes

Claire, a high school track athlete, is careful about what she eats.  Competing in the 5k, she feels that the leaner she is, the faster she will run.  She avoids bread and other starchy foods, and hardly ever allows herself

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Posted in Sports Nutrition, Weight Management

Improving Success with Weight Management

The 40-something guy was feeling frustrated.  He estimates he’s lost over 100 pounds in the past 15 years, always gaining it back and more.  When he’s feeling motivated, he cuts back dramatically on his eating and drinking and spends long

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American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Clinical Report: Preventing Obesity and Eating Disorders in Adolescents

Soaring obesity rates have led to widespread interventions as public health professionals try to stem the tide.  As treatment is notoriously difficult, prevention of overweight and obesity, particularly in children and teens, has become a major focus of these interventions.

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CONFUSING MESSAGES ABOUT WEIGHT LOSS

If you’re confused about the best strategy for weight loss, it’s no surprise.  Despite voluminous research, there is no clear “best” approach. Unfortunately, media messages contribute to the confusion.  Consider one recent article in published in the New York Times

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IS IT HELPFUL TO BE TOLD YOUR CHILD IS OBESE?

The smiley faced 4 year old was tagged as obese during a pre-school screening for body mass index (BMI), much to the surprise of Mom who thought her child looked healthy.  At above the 99th percentile for age, this child

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Posted in Weight Management

BE SKEPTICAL ABOUT WHAT YOU READ

As the New Year dawned on January 2, The New York Times Well posted “Most Popular Health Questions You Asked This Year.”  I was curious, of course, and particularly struck by a question addressing nutrition and exercise for weight loss,

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Answering the Low Fat vs. Low Carb Question – Again

The media was all over it. “A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat” announced Anahad O’Connor in the New York Times (9-1-14) . Even Medscape Medical News responded to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine

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Posted in Health, Weight Management

IS WEIGHT GAIN INEVITABLE WITH MENOPAUSE?

It’s a common complaint:  “Once I reached menopause my metabolism dropped and I gained weight.”  It’s true that studies have shown that women typically gain about 1 pound and almost half an inch in their waists a year or 6

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HELPING KIDS WITH BODY WEIGHT: Identifying Effective Behavioral Change Strategies in Childhood Obesity

Since the recognition of the “obesity epidemic”, a substantial amount of research has been conducted in an attempt to find effective ways to prevent and treat childhood obesity.    Programs have been developed for use in schools, clinics, communities and commercial

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Posted in Uncategorized, Weight Management

DIETING LESSONS LEARNED SINCE PRESIDENT TAFT’S DAY

That President Taft (1909-1913) struggled with his body weight was no secret.  Details of his struggle were revealed when medical historian Dr. Deborah Levine located the correspondence he maintained with British diet doctor Nathaniel E. Yorke-Davies.  As Levine describes in

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