Medical Weight Loss News

Is Eating Breakfast Really Necessary For Weight Loss? *

Posted: Feb 25 in Medical Weight Loss News, Nutrition, Weight Management Strategies by

For decades we have been told that in order to lose weight we have to eat breakfast every day. But new scientific research casts doubt on this myth. Where did this recommendation come from? One source may be from the National Weight Control Registry. This is a registry of individuals who have successfully lost over […]

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Person-first, Dr Lazarus shares his perspective on preventive approach to tackling obesity *

Posted: Jul 17 in Clinical Nutrition Center News, Medical Weight Loss News, Obesity Medicine by

The numbers, so commonly cited, remain staggering. Obesity affects more than one in three American adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is also often associated with 236 comorbidities, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and 13 different cancers. Yet physicians and other health professionals are too often hesitant to have open discussions about obesity with patients. [Read more]

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Understanding Obesity *

Posted: Jul 29 in Medical Weight Loss News by

Carrying extra weight is always dangerous to your health, even if the amount of excess weight is small. When an individual gains enough weight to be considered obese, the problem becomes even more serious. Unfortunately, this condition is much more widespread than many people realize. In fact, according to data published by the Centers for Disease Control, more than one-third of all adults living in the United States are currently obese. [Read more]

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American Medical Association adopts policy to improve patient access to care for obesity *

Posted: Jun 12 in Medical Weight Loss News by

I am thrilled that on June 11th, 2014, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted policy advocating for patient access to obesity treatment services including behavioral, pharmaceutical, nutritional and surgical interventions. This policy comes one year after the AMA recognized obesity as a “disease requiring a range of medical interventions to advance obesity treatment and prevention,” a decision I was thrilled to play a pivotal role in. [Read more]

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Obesity Recognized as a Chronic Disease *

Posted: Jun 18 in Medical Weight Loss News by

For many years I have told my patients that obesity is not a problem of eating too much and exercising too little, in spite of this common stereotype that has been propagated everywhere from the lay press to physician beliefs. We have had good science to support that in fact obesity should be considered a disease and not simply a result of conscious behaviors dating back to the discovery of leptin, a hormone that fat cells make which governs appetite regulation, back in 1994. In 1998 our National Institute of Health recognized obesity as a disease. And today the American Medical Association adopted new policy recognizing obesity as a disease. [Read more]

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