One in three American children are overweight or obese. Their weight may wreak havoc on their health. Some children are showing signs of health problems once thought to only affect adults, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
We celebrate Labor Day as the unofficial end of summer. Since it will continue to be as hot as molten lava for another few months here in South Florida, that label is purely symbolic. But, summer break is now over and most schools are back in session.
It’s summer in Florida, and you know what that means: heat! When it’s hot outside and you don’t want to turn on the oven and heat up the house, salad can be a great choice for lunch or dinner.
A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at obese patients with type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery (gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric banding, or duodenal switch).
Obesity is a worldwide problem. The World Health Organization estimates that 13% of the word’s adults are obese (11% of men and 15% of women). In America, that number is closer to 40%. 93 million Americans over 18 are obese. The problem is not just obesity, but the risk of other health conditions that often accompany obesity, like type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, and several types of cancer (including endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney, and colon).
This Friday is Good Friday, an important day for Catholics. In observance of Good Friday, many Catholics do not eat beef, pork, chicken, turkey, and other meats. For weight loss surgery patients, that can greatly limit their choices for high quality proteins to help them meet their daily protein goal (usually around 60-80 grams of protein) after bariatric surgery. Consuming adequate protein is crucial for maintaining muscle mass while losing weight.
Did you walk out of your doctor’s office with a prescription for an abdominal ultrasound? Maybe you complained about abdominal pain, or your hormone levels are abnormal, or you are experiencing inflammation in your abdomen.
If you are morbidly obese, you may a higher risk of being hospitalized with the flu or other similar respiratory virus. According to a recent study, risk of hospitalization was highest for adults at the lowest and highest ends of the BMI spectrum. Those who fell into the “normal” range had the lowest risk of hospitalization.