Expounding on Obesity

 
 
  • Managing Conversations About Weight in Non-White Patients Discussing obesity with patients of color provides unique challenges for healthcare providers. Jamy D. Ard, MD, offers advice on navigating these conversations.
  • How Much Weight Does My Patient Need to Lose? Dr Donna Ryan discusses why we need to think of weight loss in terms of percentages, not pounds shed, and provides insight into how as little as a 5% loss can improve individual health.
  • 'Stop Pretending' There's a Magic Formula to Weight Loss Dr Yoni Freedhoff explains that studies promoting short-term weight-loss programs don't really have any value as the programs are not sustainable.
  • Do You Consider Medications to Treat Obesity? It's no longer acceptable to tell patients with obesity to "just try harder." Instead, Dr Robert F. Kushner counsels, it's time to consider medication for weight management.
  • Pediatric Obesity Treatment Options As the numbers of children with obesity continues to increase, new and more effective treatments are available. Dr Justin Ryder reviews some of the options.
  • Why Is Long-term Weight Loss So Difficult? Understanding the biologic and physiologic defense of body fat mass is essential to understanding weight regain and helping patients succeed with long-term maintenance of weight loss.
  • It's Time to Shame the Fat Shamers People with obesity are more likely to receive substandard treatment from their healthcare providers. Is bias toward people with obesity affecting your treatment of these patients?
  • Is Saturated Fat or Carbohydrates Worse for the Liver? Dr. Caroline Apovian discusses whether fat or carbohydrate overfeeding is more likely to lead to the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
  • Yes, Calories Still Count When It Comes to Weight Loss Overeating doesn't cause obesity, according to a review published last week that garnered a lot of media attention. Dr Yoni Freedhoff takes issue with this statement.
  • 'This Food Will Kill You, That Food Will Save You' Will eating a single hot dog really cost you 36 minutes of healthy life? Researchers need to stop studying single foods' impacts on health, says Dr Yoni Freedhoff.
  • How Dare There Be Effective Drugs for Obesity? When it comes to obesity, it seems many would prefer that no effective pharmaceutical treatments exist, says Dr Yoni Freedhoff.
  • Weighing Children in School: No Good Can Come of It The UK National Obesity Forum is recommending that children be weighed upon their return to school. This would do more harm than good, says Dr Yoni Freedhoff.
  • Medicine Is Failing Patients With Obesity The recent spotlight on obesity and its link to increased COVID-19 mortality risk may be highlighting an issue within medicine itself, before the virus ever appeared, says Dr Yoni Freedhoff.
  • 'Veganuary': 3 Diet Lessons for Patients With the new year come resolutions, and the pledge to live a vegan lifestyle is becoming more common. Are you prepared to help your patients make the switch?
  • Weight Cutoffs for Elective Surgeries: Bias or Economics? What drives weight-based cutoffs for elective surgeries? Dr Yoni Freedhoff finds that it may not be just old-fashioned weight bias.
  • The Low-Carb Community Is Its Own Worst Enemy Do some medical professionals purposefully eschew low-carb diets? If so, the fault may lie with the low-carb community itself, says Yoni Freedhoff.
  • Inspiring Weight Loss: What Works? Despite decades of public health efforts, rates of obesity are continuing to rise. Yoni Freedhoff says perhaps it's time we stop focusing on the individual and go after the village instead.
  • Scaling Back on Weight as a Measure of Patient Health What does the number on the scale tell you about the patient standing on it? Dr Yoni Freedhoff discusses what happens when clinicians place too much importance on patients' weight.