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The upcoming book, “Maggie Goes On A Diet” by Paul Kramer, has certainly raised a few eyebrows. Critics have come out of the woodwork to find fault with it. In one case, a critic claims the author is “targeting the insecurities of young girls,” and in another case a critic claims the book is “promoting high risk behaviors and attitudes that are destructive.” And the book hasn’t even hit bookstores yet!

These comments made me wonder exactly what this book is saying. After reading several reviews and understanding the story Mr. Kramer is trying to tell, I came … Read the rest

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A recent commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested placing children with severe obesity under protective custody as an alternative to bariatric surgery or other intervention programs. Now, this is obviously an overreach, but the article’s main point is important.

The article made the case that responsibility for severe childhood obesity, at least in part, should be attributed to the family or parents. This is a striking paradigm shift, but maybe one that is appropriate. Obesity is one of the most challenging medical conditions facing health-care providers today, and traditional educational approaches are just not working.

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If you’re like many Americans, the last time you met with your doctor, he or she may have told you to “improve your diet” or to “eat healthier.” But when probed, most doctors don’t actually know what that means! I know it is hard to believe, but it’s true. You often can’t ask your doctor how to eat healthier – they don’t know!

Your doctor isn’t to blame, though. According to a recent study published by the Association of American Medical Colleges, the average doctor gets less than 20 hours of nutrition education throughout their entire medical school career! … Read the rest

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The number of adults with diabetes has doubled world-wide over the last 30 years, and it’s nearly tripled in the U.S, based on a recent study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization. The study found that the U.S. had more than 24.7 million diabetics in 2008.

While some of the growth is attributed to population growth and aging, much of it is linked to changing diets, rising obesity and growing rates of inactivity. This trend does not paint a good picture for our nation, or the world.

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Eat healthy foodsThere is so much information about weight control that it’s sometimes hard to know what to do. There are lots of ways to lose weight, but it’s not always easy to keep the weight off. The key to successful weight loss is making changes in your eating and physical activity habits that you can easily maintain. Remember that successful weight control is a lifestyle, not a diet.

A weight loss of just 5 to 7 percent of your body weight can have a huge impact on the quality of your life and it may help prevent a number of weight-related … Read the rest

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