I know why I sometimes eat too many brownies. They taste great! The same goes, of course, for a whole slew of desserts -- I love me my strawberry rhubarb pie, and I never say no to a ginger snap. And while a touch of dessert is often a fine way to top off dinner, many of us get in trouble when we gorge on desserts. So how can we get ...

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Empathy is the cornerstone of quality patient care. It is no surprise that the fundamental moral code that has facilitated human kindness for thousands of years is what drives physicians to commit to their oath today: Treat others as you would have yourself treated. When it comes to the disease that is obesity, I can empathize. I’ve struggled with obesity for as long a time as I can remember. There are ...

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How many calories are in a pound? This seemingly simple question stumped me on my family medicine board recertification exam seven years ago — twice. (I think they asked the question in two different ways. I hoped they were experimental questions that didn’t count.) Later that day, I found the answer: 3,500 calories equals one pound. I don’t remember which multiple-choice answer I chose, but I do remember choosing the same answer ...

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Several years ago, I was meeting a young woman in my clinic for the first time. She was healthy but had been obese most of her adult life, even though she had tried many methods of losing weight. We spoke for a few minutes about diet and exercise, and she agreed to see the nutritionist. A few months later, she came back to check her progress. She had lost weight, about ...

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A patient of mine brought donuts in yesterday for the staff, and I confess! I had the one with sprinkles. But with the study published in JAMA reporting that 35 percent of U.S. men and 40 percent of U.S. women are obese, I felt the need to talk a little about obesity and reproduction. The endocrine system is tightly regulated by hormones which provide feedback to the brain to control their ...

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It was the first day of my prestigious internship at the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation center. I was a senior in college and eager to apply my knowledge from the field of exercise physiology to make an impact on the people beginning rehab. This was my first real opportunity to work as part of a health care team while proving that this is the right field for me to be ...

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A new study was released on weight loss and maintenance that has been covered on many sites. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) evaluated contestants from Season 8 of the TV show the Biggest Loser. They found that 13 of the 14 contestants studied regained some or all of their weight that was lost during the show. All the contestants studied also had slower metabolic rates than expected; ...

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I am about to place my plate in the sink, until I see a single pea left on my plate. I recall a recent article in National Geographic that stated that one-third of all the food we produce is wasted. I have a Zen moment, and think of the journey the pea made to reach my plate. A farmer in California sowed the seeds six months earlier. A farm worker harvested ...

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No matter how early I rise with the intention of getting my workout done before my children wake up, I’m rarely able to do it alone. Most days my 3-year-old daughter climbs out of bed and comes straight down to our home gym and watches me do my workout. Often times she’ll sit quietly in the corner, but sometimes she’ll join in and follow the trainer on my workout DVD and ...

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It’s hard to eat less when there is too much on your plate. That’s the major reason why America is in the throes of an obesity epidemic, abetted by the aggressive marketing of all things edible. More esoteric-sounding reasons for this epidemic -- such as fat-favoring microbes in your body or hormone-laden foods -- shouldn’t even be part of the discussion, because how much we consume largely explains why we’ve put on ...

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