Kids Can Be Cruel
When I was growing up in elementary school, it was fairly common for classmates to be cruel and yell out to someone “hey fatso” and laugh unmercifully. Only a rare few kids were obese then, but were ostracized, teased, and made fun of constantly.
Today obesity is far too common; 60% of Americans are overweight and 30% are obese (BMI greater than 30). This epidemic shows no signs of abating. What has happened? So many causes are evident – from the proliferation of fast food eateries on every corner to computers at work to sedentary activities like watching television for 4 – 5 hours every evening. There’s no physical movement. Weight gain is an insidious process. My patients are always shocked and amazed when they step on the scale during their annual exam and learn that they have gained 10, 20, or 30 pounds in one year. They feel tired all the time, they complain of chronic back and knee pain. Emotionally they feel depressed, have low self-esteem and end up taking multiple medication for diabetes, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, and depression. Bariatric surgeons make a lot of money performing laparoscopic procedures for morbid obesity, but do you need to go to this extreme?
There are no easy answers; but, my weight loss program may help you get started. The effort and commitment are immense, but the rewards are fantastic and the health benefits can last a lifetime! Of the three legs the “stool” for weight loss is: diet, exercise, and prescription medications. Next week I’ll discuss the first “leg” – diet, perhaps the most important behavior modification that can change your life forever!
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