As a medical weight loss physician, I see many patients who complain about a lower quality of life due to their excess weight. However, weight gain and the disease of obesity does not just affect your self-esteem and the activities you are capable of participating in. If left untreated, obesity can contribute to many debilitating or deadly diseases.
Tags: Effects of Obesity
Self-Image is exactly what is sounds like… the way you see yourself! There are a lot of “self” words that go together to make up our overall sense of self-worth, or our own sense of value. Remember that the more we value ourselves, the more we improve our relationship with our self, the better we will treat our SELF! Self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-efficacy, are all parts of overall self-image. They are all ways of saying, “I am good enough. I have value. I can do good things.”
Tags: Body Image
If you have ever researched the term "weight loss" or "bariatric surgery", you have probably heard about the gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. However there is another successful weight loss procedure that is not as common, known as the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. Over the last several months, I have posted details about the other commonly performed weight loss surgeries. In this blog post today, I will detail the science behind the biliopancreatic diversion with duodenum switch.
Tags: Weight Loss Surgery
Breakfast is often referred to as the most important meal of the day. Although the science behind this statement has long been debated, breakfast can have a big impact on overall success when it comes to maintaining blood sugars and successful weight loss.
It may be the day after Valentine's Day, but lets continue this theme of hearts. Your heart is the most important organ in the body as it pumps blood throughout the veins, providing the body with oxygen and nutrients needed for survival. But what happens when the amount of blood that flows through your veins becomes too dense? It will begin to apply pressure to the inner walls of the arteries, thus leading to high blood pressure, more formally referred to as hypertension.
Tags: Effects of Obesity
If ever there were a combined pair of words that had the bariatric world buzzing, it’s these two: fat-shaming. These two words can evoke intense emotions for those who have, or who are, suffering from the disease of obesity. Similarly, the family members and loved ones of those who suffer from the disease of obesity are highly sensitive to the numerous varieties of “fat-shaming” that takes places in our society.
The gastric sleeve, similar to the gastric bypass, is a commonly performed weight loss procedure. The gastric sleeve removes a large portion of the stomach in an effort to limit the patient’s food intake and thus contribute to weight loss surgery. In this blog post, I will detail the science behind this weight loss procedure and exactly what happens to the stomach.
Have you tried to lose weight and been unsuccessful? Are you having a hard time saying "no" to the donuts in the office break room or motivating yourself to workout after a long work day? The February, Explore some underlying issues that may be hindering your ability to keep weight off.
Weight loss patients often obsess over the number on the scale. As an RD (registered dietitian), I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve heard from patients how they just want to weigh a certain weight or lose that last 10 pounds. Too often patients lose sight of what they have already accomplished and focus on only the end goal.
At their first monthly follow-up visit with me, patients often remark on how much better their knees feel. Even though some of these folks lost 10 or more pounds in this first month, their reports of “less pain when I climb the stairs,” or “I can walk the block again without my cane,” seemed like optimistic exaggerations when I started out practicing bariatric (weight loss) medicine. However, based on work done by the Arthritis Foundation, it makes perfect sense. Regardless of how much you weigh, you too can relieve joint pains with small amounts of weight loss.