Childhood Obesity Link to Multiple Sclerosis

There may be another troubling consequence of childhood obesity: an increased chance of developing multiple sclerosis. A new study finds obese children and teenage girls may be more at risk for developing the chronic, debilitating central nervous system disorder. Mary Rensel, MD, who treats pediatric MS patients at Cleveland Clinic explains, “Fat increases the inflammation … Read More

Weekend Diet Advice

If you’re a weekend warrior who’s pretty good about eating a healthy diet during the week, you’re off to a good start. But if you let that diet slide after a hard workout or game on your off days, you’re fumbling at the five-yard line. Amy Jamieson-Petonic, RD, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, says … Read More

4 Tips to Proper Portion Control

It’s not always easy to keep our eyes from becoming bigger than our stomachs, but there are some things you can do to develop proper portion control. Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, a registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic, has these suggestions: 1. Use sandwich bags. Divvy up portions of foods like cereal or chips in sandwich bags … Read More

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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