Why Obesity Rates Are Rising

An estimated one in every three adults and one in every six children are obese. The number is especially alarming because obesity can lead to many serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  Bariatric surgeon Stacy Brethauer, MD, expects the obesity epidemic will get worse before it improves. “The numbers continue to increase, especially among children … Read More

Want Weight Loss Without Surgery?

As a doctor, I work with bariatric surgery patients before or after procedures – and I support patients who want to lose weight without surgery. So how do I advise patients about weight loss? First, it depends on what the patient is interested in pursuing: surgical or non-surgical weight loss. If it is surgical weight … Read More

Know Your Body Mass Index

Obesity is a common problem in the United States and in recent years has grown to be a worldwide problem. Obesity is linked to a few factors: High blood lipids, especially high triglycerides, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)    High blood pressure Impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes (also … Read More

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Boys Hitting Puberty Earlier

Kids have always grown up so fast. Nowadays, it may be even faster. A new study finds boys are hitting puberty as early as age 9. Ellen Rome, MD, MPH, a pediatrician at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, says the exact cause is uncertain. “What we think is that with more obesity comes earlier puberty,” she … Read More

Can You be Fit and Fat?

Some people call it the “obesity paradox.” There are studies that suggest that some obese people are at no greater risk for heart disease and cancer than trim people and may even have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. None of these findings come from the kind of controlled studies that are needed to lay … Read More

Skin Smarts

Changes to the skin are among the most visible signs of aging. These occur over time for a variety of reasons, such as heredity, smoking, sun exposure, stress, obesity, gravity and even sleep position. Throughout our lives, our skin regenerates approximately every 27 days. But as we age, we sweat less, leading to increased dryness. … Read More

Motivate Your Kids to Move

To shrink the growing problem of childhood obesity, parents need to inspire kids to be more active. That’s easier said than done. “Kids have to ‘own’ the desire to move,” says Eileen Kennedy, PhD, Director of Cleveland Clinic’s Fit Youth Program. How can you promote greater physical activity without nagging, monitoring, begging or lecturing? Ask, … Read More

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Alcohol Abuse May Increase After Bariatric Surgery

For treating severe obesity, bariatric surgery has been considered a front runner, offering a fix that works with results that last. Despite this, a new study finds a surprising and alarming trend: a high prevalence of alcohol abuse among bariatric surgery patients, especially in the second year after surgery. Leslie Heinberg, Ph.D., did not take … Read More

New Rules for School Lunches

School lunches subsidized by the federal government will now be getting a whole lot healthier, according to new rules. A few of the changes: Pizza will be made with healthier ingredients, entire meals will have calorie caps, and most trans fats will be banned. Sodium will gradually decrease over a 10-year period. Milk will have … Read More