The Set Point Theory

The set point theory refers to the idea of our weight being predetermined by our body. In other words our body has it’s own weight it tries to achieve and maintain regardless of our own personal goals. More research is needed to fully understand how our body determines it’s set point. However most agree itContinue reading “The Set Point Theory”

Food Addiction or Food Craving

Food addiction remains a controversial subject amongst scientist. After all, how can we be addicted to something essential to our survival. Some research does show it is possible for some of us to become addicted to food. This is most likely possible because the food we eat today is highly processed and packed with sugarContinue reading “Food Addiction or Food Craving”

Obesity Stigma and bias

We live in an obesogenic environment, the CDC report from 2017-2018 indicated 42.5% of adult Americans live with obesity. If we include adults who are overweight and living with obesity, we are at 73.6% of the population. Yet when looking around at our world, things like airplane seats, waiting room chairs, desk job or cubicleContinue reading “Obesity Stigma and bias”

Diets Don’t Work

About 45 million Americans start a new diet each year, for 95% of them the diet will fail. If you’re one of the 42 million in this situation understand you did not fail but the diet itself failed you. Most diet promises rapid weight loss using drastic measures. In our motivation we often fail toContinue reading “Diets Don’t Work”

Do I Have to be Sweating?

No, no and no! Too often we associate exercising with the image of being miserable running on a treadmill or any other cardio machine of our nightmares. I’ve often heard I don’t mind exercising I just hate sweating, especially in public places like a gym. The answer is simple, if gyms or other traditional workoutContinue reading “Do I Have to be Sweating?”

I’m Living with Obesity, Should I Lose Weight?

This might not appear to be so at first but it is a very personal question. The obesity epidemic has made it to easy for health care professionals to talk about someone’s weight. We have to remember, not every one wants to or is ready to lose weight. Being told by someone else how toContinue reading “I’m Living with Obesity, Should I Lose Weight?”

Our Microbiome

The microbiome refers to all microbiota (micro organisms such as bacteria) living on or inside our body. Fun fact; your body contains more bacteria cells than human cells and they are powerful. Specifically when it comes with it’s association with obesity. They can make digestion more efficient, which leads to an increase in calories consumed.Continue reading “Our Microbiome”

Pharmacotherapy

Pharmacotherapy, the use of prescribed medication, has been a treatment option for people living with obesity since the 1940’s. There are currently 4 drugs approved by the FDA being prescribed today and many more are being researched. Unlike popular beliefs these drug are not meant to induce extreme weight loss. Research on all obesity drugsContinue reading “Pharmacotherapy”

Surgical Treatment of Obesity

Has anyone in your life mentioned or recommended bariatric surgery to you? It can be quite overwhelming to decide if surgery is the right choice. Surgery can be a great option; for example someone who’s disease state is severely impacting their health and emotional well being. Always keep in mind it is a lifelong commitmentContinue reading “Surgical Treatment of Obesity”

What we know about obesity

Obesity is a complex chronic disease that develops with an excessive accumulation of body fat. The accumulation of fat, specifically when the fat accumulation is around vital organs such as the liver MAY impact someone’s health. As a chronic disease we do not have a cure for it and it must be treated through aContinue reading “What we know about obesity”