The Myth of the ‘Healthy’ Obese

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I was recently watching the stand-up comedy of John Pinette. For those of you who don’t know of him, he’s mostly famous for his comedy related to his obesity. In his recent performance he described how he went to the doctor for a checkup and got a “clean bill of health” based on his bloodwork and other tests.

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Don’t Drive Obese

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I’m sure you know about all the health risks associated with being overweight.  You’ve grown tired from hearing about the increased risk of diabetes.  You’re sick of learning about the association between weight and heart disease.  You might even have had enough of the talk of sleep apnea. Continue reading

Is Being Overweight a Good Thing?

Hot off the presses from the Journal of the American Medical Association is a new large analysis of the risk of dying based on body mass index (JAMA 2013;309(1): 71-82).  It has found its way into the media because of its surprising results.   It has long been my assertion based on the data that existed at the time that as your BMI increases above 30 it is clear that your risk of dying increases.  At a BMI between 25 and 30 it is not clear but your risk of dying probably increases. Continue reading

Raising Healthy Children

I am very happy to announce the arrival of my fourth child!   With the hectic schedule and lack of sleep that goes with a newborn in the house, I have been a bit lackadaisical about updating the blog.  The other day I was holding my new son and thinking about the heavy responsibility of parenting. I got to thinking about all the things that we as parents can do to positively impact their child’s future health. I have an entire section in my book explaining all the evidence for the impact of development on future risk of obesity so I thought I would post a snippet on the topic to show you how important it is. Continue reading

Big Boned?

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There’s no such thing as big boned

I was recently talking to a group of people, giving them my usual weight loss rants, when I was hit with a question I hear way too often.  I was going through my usual discussion of the body mass index (If you don’t know enough about the BMI, click here) when a well meaning but not well informed audience member asked the following question:

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The New Diet Pill Explained (Qsymia)

Qsymia, the new diet pill

I am often the victim of much lament from my patients, family, and friends after reading my book/blog or hearing another of my weight loss diatribes.  After I finally convince them that there is no magic weight loss pill, they often will look at me forlorn, shake their heads, and wish aloud – if only there was.  This sad song is sung by the medical community as well.   Continue reading

What is a Healthy Weight?

What does it mean to you when you say that someone is healthy?  Have you thought about it?  I think many of us use the term without thinking too much about it.  While there are probably semantic nuances in the true definition, I think we would all agree that something that increases the length of your life while decreasing your risk of disease is healthy.  I think that the most important reason for all of us to strive for a healthy weight is to live as long and as healthy a life as possible.  A ‘healthy’ weight will do just that.  While it is nice to look good in a bathing suit, we at the Weight Loss Counter Revolution are primarily concerned with your health.

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