(biological) Knowledge is (weight loss ) Power!

knowledge is powerKnowledge is power. Or at least that’s what people say. This adage falls into the category of pithy statements that make people nod knowingly as they soak in the profundity of the wisdom until, after a few more moments of thought, they realize they have no idea what it means. What knowledge? What power? It is like so many things in our superficial age; it sounds good until you think about it for more than a few seconds. While I am unable to delve into the philosophical merits or demerits of the statement I think I can provide insight into how this statement is a profound truth with respect to successful weight loss.

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The Trouble with Comparisons, Losing Baby Weight, and Spousal Communication

tumblr_nesw67nCrA1rphtnfo1_500Life in my home has started to settle into a routine after the recent addition of our newest baby Grove to the family. Schedules are starting to be consistent (no he isn’t sleeping through the night), hormone levels are stabilizing, siblings are adjusting. My wife has even started her post-partum exercise plan which has been very successful for births past. Continue reading

Dental Hygiene and Weight Shaming

dentistIs there any place in the world where one feels more judged than in the dentist’s chair? You’re sitting there in a relatively compromising position as the hygienist probes the depths of your mouth exposing all of your deepest lies. “Sure I floss regularly” (regularly but not daily). “I wear my mouth guard all the time” (all the times I feel like it which is not so many times). You can’t lie to the dentist or her minions. The truth is written on your gumline like a signed confession. And speaking of confession time, I have a cavity. It’s not a big one, if there is such a thing, but a failure in oral care nonetheless. I am so ashamed. Continue reading

A Plea on Behalf of Your Doctor

_67017217_obese147220211I have spent a good deal of time in my book and on this site posting about all the known dangers of being overweight. These are the risks you’ve heard about in the news or from your doctor – diabetes, heart disease, cancer, etc.  But there’s an unmeasured yet important risk to your health caused by being overweight. This risk comes into play after you are hit with serious health issues and need treatment from the medical communiity.  Being overweight seriously compromises the ability of doctors and nurses to effectively treat you.  Continue reading

How your job can literally kill you…

London busIf you were filling out a job application to work for public transit in London in the 1950s you would be faced with a very important choice.  You would have no idea how important that choice was.  In fact, your life depended on it.  Take one job and you might be doomed for a life of heart disease and disability, take the other and you’d be fine.  Why is this?  What does this have to do with me, presumably a non-London bus driver in the 21st century.   Continue reading

The Impact of Family on Weight Loss

family-cartoonThe following is a guest post from a friend of mine who is a family therapist.  I believe that effective weight loss stands on three pillars, diet, exercise, and psychology.  I focus mostly on the diet and exercise part in the blog but I wanted to expand to address the psychological impact of weight.  Hopefully more posts along these lines will be coming.   Enjoy…

If you are a reader of this blog, I am guessing that you are interested in losing weight.  I’d like to offer a new angle to this problem, as seen from my perspective as a marriage and family therapist.  Family therapy as a formal approach involves addressing problems people face in the context of their family as a system, not just as the problem of a single person who happens to be in a family.  Weight management too can be seen and addressed through this lens.

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What your weight is costing you

costofobesityThe news media shocks us on a daily basis with graphic images of war and violence across the globe.  We see gruesome vidoes of mangled cityscapes and mourners in anguish.  The fear of terrorism grips the globe and the cost of war weighs heavy on international treasuries.  The cost of fighting terrorist and waging war has a ripple effect that spreads to the citizens of every country across the globe.  Every dollar spent on weapons is a dollar taken away from medicine for the sick and food for the hungry.  Every destroyed city block requires rebuilding that takes away resources for constructive pursuits.   You know about these costs, but did you know that the costs of obesity are nearly as great?

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