If you have been thinking about becoming a vegetarian, there’s no better time to make the switch than the beginning of a New Year. For those of you have been on the fence, 2015 provided us with a few more reasons -- like saving money and losing weight -- to make the dietary transformation. Reason #1: Vegetarian diets increase metabolism. Vegetarians have a lower body mass index compared to those ...

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Medical literature is full of studies showing that most diets don’t encourage long-term weight loss. In fact, the majority of diets lead to weight gain. Most people end up gaining back the few pounds they’ve lost within a year of dieting -- plus a few extra pounds on top of that. There are many theories for why this happens. An article from the New England Journal of ...

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Several weeks ago, I was running late to my afternoon clinic. Literally, I could not move my feet fast enough. Reminiscent of 1990s childhood computer games, my Oregon Trail tempo was somewhere between strenuous and grueling. Lunch in hand, I slid into clinic just as the nurse was readying the chart of my first patient. I stuffed my lunch into the desk drawer, read the name off the chart, and ...

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I was intrigued by David Brooks' column in the New York Times recently.  It speaks to a renewed interest in an old idea: simplifying life. Living in a less complicated way is not a new concept (think Walden Pond), but it has gained a greater magnetism in the setting of the hugely complex and acquisitive world in which we now find ourselves. I personally have enjoyed and benefited from Marie Kondo's "The ...

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In 2013, the American Medical Association recognized obesity as a disease. Dr. Peter Ubel, writing in his blog on the Forbes website, thought this was a bad idea. He feared that calling obesity a disease will result in people having less motivation to lose weight and cited a study which found that people who were told that obesity is a disease tended to be less concerned about their ...

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“I’m doing my part. I want to get better and go home,” Dorothy says as she looks up at me from the hospital bed. We talk about her family and work life, and she tears up several times during the conversation especially when she talks about how her mother died of cancer. “I’m afraid to go that way,” she divulges. Her 450-pound body fills the oversized bed entirely, and the ...

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Thank you for your feedback regarding Healthcare Not Fair's latest video, "Ms. Fatty." First off, I encourage a diversity of opinions on KevinMD, and please note that I don't necessarily endorse all the content that I post. Now, regarding the video.  The sentiment presented is shared, unfortunately, by a number a physicians, and the satire was posted to ignite discussion regarding how some doctors perceive obese patients in the exam room.  To that extent, posting the video ...

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As a pediatric nutritionist in a clinic that serves children with special needs, I see all kinds of family situations and all kinds of caregivers. Usually, the primary caregiver is a parent. But for a variety of reasons, the primary caregiver may be a relative who cares for the child during much of the day or even has full legal custody of the child. The latter can happen if both parents ...

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shutterstock_220684471 When you send your kid to dance class, it's reasonable to think that not only are they learning how to dance, but that they are getting exercise. Most parents think that way; dance class certainly gets mentioned when I ask parents in my practice what their children do for exercise. Not so much, says a study just published in the ...

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dr oz Enough already about Dr. Oz. Whichever side you happen to be on, we might collectively acknowledge that much of the noise being made about what is, at worst, a symptom, is itself an indication of a culture-wide disease. The fate of Ozymandias comes to mind. Science is Ozymandias. Soundbites are the ruin of it. In the case of the Oz ...

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