Is Metabolism Slower in the Obese?

bbcI was trolling the popular media last week, minding my own business, when I came across the following headline from the BBC:  “Slow Metabolism ‘Obesity Excuse’ True”.  For those of you who have yet to read my book “The Weight Loss Counter Revolution” (available at for the low low price of $17.99 by clicking here),

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Big Boned?

CT scout filmsThe difference between these two individuals is not from their bones…

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: Continue reading “Big Boned?”

Weight Loss Surgery Explained: The Lap Band

lap-bandThe dramatic surge in weight in this country has led to a parallel surge in the numbers of people who turn to surgery to solve their weight problem.  These procedures are very serious undertakings that should be understood and certainly not taken lightly.  The mechanisms by which they work speak volumes about the true mechanisms behind weight gain and the difficult road to weight loss.  The next few posts are taken out of the Weight Loss Counter Revolution book (which can be purchased by clicking here). Continue reading “Weight Loss Surgery Explained: The Lap Band”

Salt, Sugar, and Fat

salt sugar fat

I have been reading a great new book recently entitled “Salt, Sugar, Fat: How The Food Giants Hooked Us” by Michael Moss. As you can imagine, this book is right up my alley.  I have learned quite a bit.  Even after all the reading I have done on the topic, I was still blown away by the myriad ways these companies manipulate us to become dependent on their products.  Continue reading “Salt, Sugar, and Fat”

Kids, television, and obesity…

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I was recently trolling the obesity literature – weird hobby, I know – to try to find some new and interesting information to bring to you, my loyal followers.  I found some great facts and figures to help all you parents out there keep your kids from sliding down the slippery slope to pudgeville.  I have long been a foe of the boob tube.  We don’t have a TV in our house because I don’t like what it does to kids.   Continue reading “Kids, television, and obesity…”

Myths and Facts About Obesity


I tend to receive my weekly copy of the New England Journal of Medicine with more than a muted enthusiasm.  Generally the articles are complex and related to other specialties of medicine that are not relevant to my daily practice.  So you can imagine my excitement when I saw an article entitled “Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity”. NEJM I, of course, snatched the up the journal before it mistakenly hit the recycle bin and fired up the blog machine to bring you the very latest info on weight loss. Continue reading “Myths and Facts About Obesity”

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 “Is Being Overweight a Good Thing?”

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 “Raising Healthy Children”

Obesity Horror Stories

Hurricane Sandy and halloween obesity horrors

All thanks to heaven and PSE&G because I just got my power back after hurricane Sandy gave us quite a beating.  You may have heard my wife’s shouts of joy if you live within a three mile radius of our house.  All that time without the buzz of electricity allowed me some time to think about some of the recent things I’ve seen around the hospital that have reinforced the importance of the fight against obesity.  Seeing as Halloween was cancelled on the streets in the neighborhoods around here, I figured I’d give you a bit of a real-life horror show to help motivate you to lose weight.  I’ll relate just a few of the many stories of the horrors of obesity in the hospital.

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