Obesity Opinion Archive

Insufficient sleep is a risk factor for weight gain

When patients don't get enough sleep, lipid levels in their blood may make it more difficult for them resist overeating.

Weight loss is important in improving daytime sleepiness

If a patient is experiencing fatigue, consider exercise and weight loss to help decrease their symptoms.

More sleep can help your waistline

Encouraging patients to get more sleep each night may help them lose weight.

Should we amend our bias against overweight patients?

Clinicians should re-examine their bias against obese and overweight patients.

Grains' role in heart health

As fads come and go, researchers have consistently observed the critical role whole grains play in the prevention of heart disease.

Maternal weight gain complicates vaginal delivery

Suspected macrosomia is not generally enough of reason to induce labor or schedule a cesarean prior to 39 weeks.

Small steps provide big benefits for weight loss

Smaller and more gradual changes in diet and physical activity can help patients lose weight and improve health.

Neck-to-waist ratio can help predict pediatric obstructive sleep apnea

Research from Canada demonstrated that a neck-to-waist ratio of >0.41 has sufficient sensitivity and specificity to be considered a predictor of obstructive sleep apnea.

Think whole grains for better weight control

The Grain Foods Foundation's Glenn Gaesser, PhD, discusses how whole grains benefit patients.

Helping patients keep their New Year's resolutions

Setting realistic goals and establishing a time frame are just two tips for helping patients' health resolutions.

Consider the Mediterranean diet for overall health

The Grain Foods Foundation's Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum discusses the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

Strategies for helping obese patients

A recent study suggests class III obesity shortens life span by 6.5 to 13.7 years.

Obesity: A preventable risk factor for cancer?

Obesity is a well known risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases but also for many types of cancer.

We can impact the obesity epidemic

Providing weight-loss guidance on an ongoing basis to your patients can make a difference in the nation's war on obesity.

Poor sleep promotes weight gain

Individuals who get less sleep tend to eat more often and consume less healthful food.

Access to quality food lacking in Hispanic neighborhoods

Food deserts in low-income areas contribute to high obesity rates.

Advocate for public policies against childhood obesity

Bryan weighs in at 210 lbs, and he's 10 years old. He wants to be a policeman, but gets tired going up stairs. What can we do for him?

Adressing obesity head-on

Weight is one of the toughest topics to discuss with patients, but we can no longer avoid it as the obesity epidemic grows.

Should deconditioning be a stand-alone diagnosis?

Deconditioning -- a complication of POTS -- is also a common cause of morbidity and mortality in preventable diseases such as obesity.

Determining when a grandmother's love is unhealthy

An obese 12-year-old experiences rapid weight gain over the summer. Is granny to blame?

Trusting expert guidelines for pediatric lipid screening

Promoting behavioral changes during childhood is an effective prevention tool that is much cheaper than treating adults experiencing adverse health outcomes from preventable conditions.

Is obese the new normal?

Self-regulation of hunger and understanding satiety is the most important thing parents and caretakers can teach their children.

What is the best way to discuss pediatric obesity?

Many health-care providers are unsure of the best way to talk about weight with their patients. A survey suggests that some terminology may be better than others for inspiring positive behavior changes.

Preventing chronic low back pain

Identifying and modifying risk factors through engaging in preventative health activities is the key to achieving good health from head to toe, and is the backbone of primary care.

Recognizing obstructive sleep apnea

Women and children with obstructive sleep apnea are often misdiagnosed because they present differently than men.

Encouraging adolescent health with group visits

Group health care visits could improve adolescent health by encouraging commitment to a prevention-based lifestyle and help shift U.S. health care away from a system based on treating diseases, to one that aims at stopping them before they begin.

Obesity, elective cesarean contribute to U.S. maternal mortality rate

Why are U.S. mothers still dying during birth when we spend more on health care than any other country in the world?

Lifestyle change the only 'secret' to weight loss

When it comes to losing weight, many patients seek instant gratification.

Weighty discussions

What is the financial toll of obesity?

Menarche research provides controversy but few answers

A new study tries to quantify the impact of an absent biological father on adolescent development.

Obesity does not hamper Pill effectiveness

However, "high-dose" formulations increase the risk of DVT and other cardiovascular complications.

I read the news today. Oh boy!

Don't believe everything you read. Or at least not every headline.

It's not the diet; it's the dietary pattern

If you lose weight, does it matter how you lost the weight? Not really.

How much should my patient exercise?

Tailoring exercise recommendations to meet the unique needs of each patient gives those patients a better chance of meeting the fitness goals they have set with you.

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