Hard Truths Of Fighting Fat

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This article is courtesy of PRWeb and Beverly Hills Physicians…..please share your comments below as weight loss surgery has always been a controversial topic. According to WebMD, you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if:

* You’re an obese adult, especially if you have a weight-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes.

* You know the risks and benefits.

* You’re ready to adjust how you eat after the surgery.

* You’re committed to making lifestyle changes to keep the weight off.

Ultimately, this sensitive topic should be discussed with your physician to see if it is the right move for you.

weightlossballtextSouthern California based medical group Beverly Hills Physicians (BHP) sees a great many patients exploring weight loss surgery as well as non-surgical paths to weight loss, and they typically experience a surge of interest from prospective patients with the beginning of every new year. A Las Vegas Sun article published December 27 notes that people who truly want to lose weight must think beyond quick-fix diets and unsustainable exercise plans if they actually want to make their dreams of becoming permanently thinner and healthier a reality, and that the only path to success is permanent lifestyle change. BHP agrees, but adds that weight loss surgery and other techniques can make dealing with the hard truths of weight loss a great deal easier.

BHP explains that, while weight loss fads typically produce only the most minor and short-lived results, even individuals who set out to make genuine lifestyle changes have an extremely difficult challenge before them. These people are often able to achieve some loss of weight, at least at first. One problem identified by BHP is that, over time, strong desires to overeat actually become all that much stronger the more weight an individual loses – and that means severely obese patients who have the most weight to lose, and the greatest need to lose it, have the hardest task before them. For most, the medical group notes, the constant pangs of appetite are simply too difficult to ignore over the long term.

BHP notes that there is a preponderance of evidence supporting the fact that weight loss surgery options such as the gastric sleeve and Lap Band can make permanently defeating obesity a great deal more achievable because they get to the root of the problem by actually reducing the patient’s appetite. Doctors have found that both of these procedures make it uncomfortable to overeat, while the sleeve procedure – which removes roughly 75 to 85% of the stomach – may also have some added benefits in terms of reducing the body’s production of hunger-stimulating hormones.

Of course, the medical group adds, a great many individuals with weight issues may not meet the definition of severe obesity (a BMI of 40 or more, or 35 or more with related health problems). For them, BHP offers both non-surgical assistance in the form of coaching and medical monitoring, as well as the new Obera balloon weight loss system. They explain that the latter is a temporary procedure which reduces the stomach’s capacity, but is intended for individuals whose weight may be a health issue but who may not be sufficiently obese to be candidates for the other weight loss procedures.

However it is accomplished, experts agree that real weight loss that lasts takes time and commitment – but that doesn’t mean that the challenge can’t be made significantly less difficult with the help of outstanding medical professionals like the team at BHP. To learn more about their options, interested readers can call 800-788-1416, or visit BHP online at http://www.BeverlyHillsPhysicians.com.

Go Home You’re Too Fat

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

obesityArt Caplan, from the Division of Medical Ethics at NYU, posted a story about a couple in New Zealand. A chef and his wife had emigrated to New Zealand 7 years ago from South Africa. The chef, when he arrived in New Zealand, was 5’6″ and weighed about 360 pounds. His wife was not obese. After about 6 years, they applied for a renewal of their right to stay and work and run their restaurant in New Zealand, but they were told that they had to leave. He was too fat.

The government’s position was that the chef was going to become a burden on their healthcare system. He and his wife, who isn’t fat, had to leave. They had lived in New Zealand for 7 years and no one had warned him. And, despite the fact that he had lost 50 pounds, the New Zealand government still said, “We are deporting you because you’re fat.”

New Zealand is a health-conscious country. Popular leisure activities include beach swimming, fishing, skiing, and hiking. Most New Zealanders take pride in their healthy, active way of life. In recent years New Zealanders have become more conscious of the need to moderate their sun exposure and high-fat diets. Restaurants now offer more varied and health-conscious cuisine. (1)

Like it or not, this is the wave of the future and many feelings will be hurt, many outraged and yet we can prevent embarrassment and rejection if we begin today.

We’ve all heard the phase “take responsibility for yourself,” and nowhere is this more critical than in health issues. If you are overweight get on a program that will help you manage your weight. You don’t have to set yourself up for unnecessary emotional distress.

I created Heart Easy a plan and program of recipes and healthy eating to ensure your longevity and cardio health. It begins with changing what you eat, reducing sodium, saturated fats and sugars, exercising and stopping smoking or excessive drinking. Not only does this plan help your heart, but it also helps prevent cancer, supports weight loss and stimulates overall health and well-being.

saladplateIf you want to become a healthier person, then use my experience as a former cardio patient and do what I did: Take hold of your health and your weight by declaring your resolve to shed the pounds and get healthier beginning today.

You’ll really see that can be easy, delicious and enjoyable and you’ll start feeling more energetic, happier and healthier right away.

(1) http://www.countriesquest.com/oceania/new_zealand/people_and_society/way_of_life.htm

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding.

DHA: A Good Fat For Kids’ Diets

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groupkidsWhile the conversation about kids’ nutrition revolves around reducing fat, Dr. Holly Lucille, RN, ND, host of the Dr. Holly Lucille Show on www.RadioMD.com, suggests that adding one type of fat–DHA, otherwise known as docosahexaenoic acid — to a child’s diet is essential to the health of cell membranes, as well as nerve and brain function. DHA is a form of omega-3 fatty acid that is safe and effective for developing children and sometimes absolutely essential.

“Omega-3 is associated with fatty fishes, not a favorite for some people, so DHA supplements are beneficial for moms that are pregnant or breast feeding, and are a good source for babies still in-vitro,” according to Dr. Lucille, who covers Mindful Medicine, an outgrowth of her background as a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, educator, natural products consultant and television host.

She notes that DHA is also an effective way to control eczema, and that the brain benefits from DHA, especially helping to raise kids’ IQ scores and visual skills. DHA is now available in a gummy form, so kids can add it to their diets.

“DHA is an overlooked supplement that can benefit adults and kids alike. I tell all my pregnant friends to take DHA,” concluded Dr. Lucille, who is on the editorial advisory board of Alternative Medicine and Natural Practitioner.

The entire 10-minute Dr. Holly Lucille Show segment can be heard on the RadioMD archives by visiting here.

About www.RadioMD.com

RadioMD.com is a “talking” health information source featuring top guests and experts in the world of health and medicine that provide vital health and wellness content in spoken word form. Produced in a talk radio, easy to listen to conversational style, RadioMD shows help listeners understand everyday health issues as well as complex medical conditions. In addition to its variety of live, interactive talk audio features and programming, RadioMD offers an Audio Library of top talk shows on just about every health and wellness, diet & fitness subject. For more information visit www.radiomd.com.

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Why Fast Weight Loss Never Lasts

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By Stavros Mastrogiannis

bigpantsEverybody wants to lose weight fast, who doesn’t? The diet industry knows this, which is why most of the diets focus on delivering fast results. Well, how is that working so far? If you look at the statistics, not that well. Although most people do lose weight fast with most diets, over 95% of them regain all the weight back. So my question is what is the point of losing weight fast if you are going to gain it back again?

Here is the problem with losing weight fast. In order to lose weight fast, you must make big changes in your life all at once. The fact is that the more changes you make in your life at once the more uncomfortable you get, the more uncomfortable you get the faster you burn out and revert back to your old habits thus gaining the weight back.

The mistake many people and even many fitness professionals make is that they wrongly believe that once people see results they would be motivated to keep going. Well if that was true then how come most people who lose weight gain it back? They did get the results they wanted after all, and yet they still revert back to their old habits and gained the weight back.

The fact is that the best results in the world would not keep you motivated if the results were achieved through a method that overwhelmed you. This is the case with most diets. Although they get people the results they want, they are overwhelming and sooner or later people quit and revert back to their old habits.

So what is the answer? How can people lose weight and keep it off? The answer is very simple. First of all you need to realize that weight gain is a symptom not the problem, the problem is your habits. Your habits got you in the shape you are in today and if you are not happy with your current shape you must change the habits that got you here.

http://yourhealthjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/kickhabit.jpgThe only way to make permanent changes in your habits is to make them one at a time. Whatever change you make has to become habitual before making another change. Make enough changes in your habits and the weight will come off. Yes, with this method it will take you a little longer to start seeing weight loss, but at least once you lose the weight you would never have to worry about your weight again.

Only through permanent changes in your eating and activity habits you can lose weight and keep it off. Unfortunately the way most diets approach weight loss it is almost impossible to develop new habits and that is one of the biggest reasons why, in spite the 78,000 diet books on the market today we are still losing the weight loss battle.

– Stavros Mastrogiannis is a 20 year veteran of the weight loss field and specializes in permanent weight loss. He is the author of 4 books including his latest one Eat It All By Eating Right and the creator of TheStavrosMethod.com. A unique online weight loss program that helps people develop all the necessary habits so they can lose weight and keep it off for life.

Blown Away By 35.7 %

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By Kac Young PhD, DCH, ND

scaleThe American Medical Association just released a statement that 35.7% of Americans are obese according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Obesity has been declared a disease by the AMA. However this declaration is hotly debated. Obesity-related conditions, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers, are some of the leading causes of preventable death. If it’s preventable, then why is it classified as a disease?

Dr Russell Kridel argues, “It’s more like smoking. Smoking isn’t a disease. Smoking can cause disease such as lung cancer and emphysema in the same way that obesity can lead to diabetes and hypertension. What we’re really talking about here is nomenclature, not philosophy.”

He noted that behavior and dietary choices play a huge part in obesity. “Thirty years ago, we did not have the obesity problem we have now. If you look scientifically at what has changed, our diet has changed. There’s been no change in our genetic structure in the past 30 years.”

“The American Heart Association believes the additional focus is needed on this important risk factor for heart disease and stroke.” The AHA wants to open people’s eyes to the severity of the issues (one in every two deaths is caused by heart disease – which is 90 % preventable) and to demonstrate to people that they possess the power to make decisions which improve heart health and cardio strength.

Whether you believe obesity is a disease or not, consider this: the power to prevent it is in your hands. Obesity is preventable.

Whether you believe obesity is a disease or not, consider this: the power to prevent it is in your hands. Obesity is preventable. You don’t have to take pills, prescriptions or appetite inhibitors; what you have to do is control what you eat and how much physical exercise you do. If you eat whole grains, fat-free foods, fruits, vegetables, legumes and delete red meat, fried foods, and the bad saturated fats and start walking 30 minutes a day, you will be on the right track towards preventing obesity and all its related diseases. www.HeartEasy.com has information and tips for you about eating and exercise.

Each one of us can choose between a cheese-laden burger and a salad, just as we can choose to buy black shoes or brown. If you’re not making the right choices to support your heart health and stave off obesity, then perhaps you don’t have the right information. With the facts available at the click of a mouse it’s hard to believe someone doesn’t have access to healthy eating information, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and start spreading the word. Take action! Let’s not allow people to die of obesity-related diseases when they can live healthier, happier, longer lives by choosing to eat healthier and by exercising.

What can you do in your community to spread the word about healthy eating? Can you create a health day at school, church or at your community gatherings? What about teaming up with a local nutritionist to teach kids and families how to create healthy meals? Can you make a game of it? Can you create a fund raiser? Can you reach out to lower economic groups and share the wealth of healthy eating knowledge? Can you plant a garden, raise awareness and invite local growers to talk about the value of fresh produce? Start today. Get a group together. Brainstorm ways you can affect your community’s health for the better. You may actually save some lives and how great would that feel?

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the cook book sound nutritional advice is followed by traditional recipes that have been turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make and everyone will love.

Adrenal Fatigue: A Stealthy Culprit Setting Us Up To Be Sad, Sick, Fat And Older Faster

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By Genie James

Adrenal Fatigue: A Stealthy Culprit Setting Us Up to Be Sad, Sick, Fat and Older Faster

(Or, What Happens When Superwoman Stubs Her Toe!)

stressStress can make us tense and sick. It can also make us fat. Worst of all, it will accelerate our aging. I should know…I am unfortunately the “poster girl” for repeat bouts of adrenal fatigue. Let me first define adrenal fatigue, then explain how you and I get set up for it. In upcoming weeks, if you are interested, I will also share a few tips for turning adrenal fatigue and the ravages of stress around.

Our adrenal glands produce three stress hormones: adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA. Short-term, urgent stress – such as seeing your five year old reach for a hot skillet or having your husband ask you to watch him sky dive – triggers a rush of adrenaline. Long-term, chronic stress has a different impact at a cellular level.

Chronic stress is defined as a circumstance that exists for three months or more. Some more common chronic stressors for women include ongoing financial pressures, single motherhood, caring for an ill and aging parent, attempting to juggle a heavy workload and home life, or attempting to discipline an irascible teenager. Chronic stress causes the adrenal glands to, first, produce an overabundance of cortisol; however, once this supply is exhausted, cortisol levels plummet.

Clinical studies show that too high or too low cortisol levels pack pounds around the waist. And, according to American experts from the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER), “Persistent or chronic stress has the potential to put individuals at a substantially increased risk of depression, anxiety and many other emotional difficulties.” Randy (C.W. Randolph, Jr, MD) cautions: “Long-term adrenal exhaustion is dangerous because it can:

• Slow down healing and normal cell regeneration.

• Co-opt parent molecules needed to make other vital hormones.

• Impair digestion, metabolism and mental function.

• Interfere with healthy endocrine function.

• Weaken our immune system.”

stresssleepingI was first diagnosed with adrenal fatigue in 2002. At the time I was to the outside world a successful corporate get-it-done-girl, heading the sales team for multi-million dollar healthcare company. Unfortunately, high-pressure expectations combined with dawn-to-midnight seven day work weeks and none-too-glamorous jet-setting from meeting to meeting ultimately did me in. I was depressed, constantly sick with colds and/or flu, and had the vitality of an old mushroom. In the mirror, I sadly saw how I also resembled that mushroom.

My second adrenal collapse occurred in 2007 on the heels of the death of one of my best friends, Smiles Randolph (Randy’s mother). As any of you know who have cared for an ill or dying parent, love cannot neutralize the brutal effects of the worry and inevitable thirty-six hours days. Even though my caretaking stint was of much shorter duration than that of Smiles’s loving three daughters, I was once again down for the count. It took months before I felt like myself again. The new wrinkles around my eyes, however, were there to stay. Honestly, that’s okay. I think of Smiles’s twinkly eyes and a few creases on my own face are a small price to pay.

This last time I should have known better, seen the warning signs. In late September I was feeling in high-cotton having wine and cheese with female venture capitalists in Silicon Valley while I pitched my new women’s health business idea. Then word came (and I got your emails!) that there were serious customer service issues back home in our medical practice. I debated and delayed for a few days. How can I finish my new book, continue to champion my new business idea while also stepping back into day-to-day operations? I wondered. A chorus of well-meaning friends and colleagues encouraged, “Of course you can do it all.”

I listened. Wrong choice. Let me assure you that I, for one, am testimony that fifty-three year old wannabe Superwomen end up with headaches, hemorrhoids, depression, droopy jowls, listless days and nights…and adrenal fatigue. Is there hope for the hyper-achieving me, and possibly you? Yes, there is.

It would seem as if I am finally becoming wiser. I do wish that were the case. The truth is that for months I ran around like a crazy woman moving mountains and pulling miracle-level achievements out of my bazoom; then something unforeseen brought me to a screeching, hobbling halt.

I’ve just had labwork done to determine just how suppressed my adrenal system might be. After my labwork is in, I will look to my personal physician, Lori Leaseburge, MD, to advise me if additional nutritional supplementation is recommended. In the meantime, I have finished my new book but am putting my new business idea on hold for now. “Doing it all” was about to “do me in.” Instead, I am resting more and taking more and more “good and needed” activities off my plate.

It would seem as if I am finally becoming wiser. I do wish that were the case. The truth is that for months I ran around like a crazy woman moving mountains and pulling miracle-level achievements out of my bazoom; then something unforeseen brought me to a screeching, hobbling halt.

I broke my big toe in a yoga class. Don’t laugh. It hurt, and still hurts, but Divine intervention or not, this toe-thing has slowed me down to a crawl. Irregularly, I am finding myself grateful. It is forcing me to make different, better, more discerning choices…

What will it take for you to slow down and live the one life the best woman in you has to live?

– Genie James is an Author, Speaker, Business Owner and Liftoff Activist for women and girls.
As a trailblazer in natural women’s health, personalized medicine and relationship-centered care, Genie first turned the traditional medical community on its ear with Making Managed Care Work (McGraw-Hill, 1997) and Winning in the Women’s Healthcare Marketplace (Jossey-Bass, 2000). She is the co-author of From Belly Fat to Belly Flat (Health Communications, Inc. 2007; now in five languages), and From Hormone Hell to Hormone Well (Health Communication, Inc. 2009; winner of the 2010 National Consumer Health Information Bronze Award) with her husband C.W. Randolph, Jr., M.D., R.Ph. Genie’s fifth book In the Mood Again (Simon and Schuster 2010) offers hope and solutions for the over forty million American women and men living in low-sex, no-sex relationships. THE FOUNTAIN OF TRUTH! Outsmart Hype, False Hope and Heredity to Recalibrate How You Age (Health Communications, Inc. April 2013) is a recommended toolbox that every woman will need to healthily and happily navigate the decades. For more information: agelessandwellness.com

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Poetry Can Heal Fat And Negativity

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By Risa Ruse

saladplateI am sure that you may have heard the saying, “We are what we eat.” I would like to add to this, “We are what we eat, and think!” You see thoughts are like food for the mind. The quality of such can bring good health or just the opposite in illness and disease. I would even go further to say it could lead to suicide. Even though eating disorders are not what I am focusing on (but are relevant) to the wanting to fill one up when the soul feels empty. Just for the record, my mother committed suicide when I was 11 years old. I had to witness her unhappiness (and several attempts before being successful in failing to enjoy life.)

This emptiness can show itself in feelings of not being worthy (even if we have had a normal life, per say.) It is the perception of self that determines these feelings that become our “reality” whether others perceive the same thing or not. Such disorders given to anxiety exhibit an exaggeration of what a person without anxiety, or even Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) may perceive. Just being able to enjoy the simple things in life becomes a

Just being able to enjoy the simple things in life becomes a masterful plan of self-loathing that leads to addictions of many kinds.

masterful plan of self-loathing that leads to addictions of many kinds. Compulsive buying, eating comfort foods, sexual promiscuity (that may lead to or include lasciviousness.) This feeling of lack in our lives creates a wanting that is never satisfied. Sure, buying a new CD, dress, car, (or whatever our credit report will allow us to charge) will give a feeling of elation. This is not the same as joy. Joy is an emotion void of negativity. That is unless you really have a problem with life, and get joy out of making others miserable!

What I would like to share is a process in rhyme that comes from the divine that I have been able to coin; that is not like other poetry used for catharsis. You see, many persons that include Veterans use poetry as a means of expressing negative emotions that proliferate negative thinking. My poetry is inspired through my connection with my Higher Power (Christ is mine.) When I say a prayer, what is in my heart comes out in the form of rhyme that addresses a particular emotion (that is actually cleansed during the process.) I, and others who have heard it are left with a feeling of knowing exactly what was expressed and have a way of putting a new label on what emotional discomforts they are carrying. Since these are universal emotions of mostly anger and fear, we are not repeating any particular traumatic event (that would give negative thinking strength.) This kind of poetry is like a match igniting our spirituality. Once this flame is lit and we follow the required commitments to it, our lives change.

heartYou may be thinking right now, “What are these requirements?” The first is to express gratitude for even the little things in our lives. Giving thanks proliferates acquiring the ultimate gift of joy! The others are magnified with blessings when performed in prayer and meditation. Then prayer leads to faith, and once that is accompanied by trusting Eternal Spirit to provide our every need, comfort and healing comes.

– Want to know more about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Contact me for a free inspired poetry consult. As an experienced Social Worker skilled in Veterans PTSD, victim turned victor twice of PTSD (once as a child losing my mother to suicide and then as a mother) I share the healing of negative emotions (one or two at a time in rhyme) that make it a safe place to heal. I share my books and my poetry articles on my website: http://RisaRuse.com

Searching For The Cause(s) Of Obesity

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obesestationarybikeFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very interesting article on the Seattle PI web site written by Timi Gustafson entitled Searching For The Cause(s) Of Obesity. The article starts by stating two thirds of Americans are overweight. One third is obese. Along with this, obesity related illness are on the rise, including asthma, weak joints, heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. We are eating too much food, make unhealthy food selections, participating in less physical activity, sedentary, and involved in too much technology. Recently, we have seen local governments try to ban large soft drinks, and implement fax taxes. Obesity has been such a hot topic, but change is needed to our lifestyles to fix it. Please visit the Seattle PI web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Two thirds of Americans are overweight. One third is obese. Obesity and a host of illnesses related to weight problems kill more people than any other disease. Experts are scrambling to find answers for what causes the epidemic and seem to come up with new explanations every day, only to be contradicted by the next study. Unsurprisingly, consumers are confused and stop paying attention.

How is it that we are eating ourselves to death, not just here but increasingly around the world? Does the so-called “Western diet,” consisting of cheap, highly processed, highly caloric foods, make us fat? Or is it sugary sodas? Are portion sizes too big? Does the food industry turn us into addicts? Do we just not exercise enough?

So far, none of the countless studies on these subjects have had much impact in practical terms. Lobbying efforts and political gridlock are oftentimes blamed for the maddeningly slow progress. But that may not be the only reason. Some experts warn that despite of all the research, finding definite answers may prove elusive for some time to come.

“If we can find the causes of obesity, we can try to eliminate or counter them,” wrote Christopher Chabris, a professor of psychology at Union College, together with his colleague Daniel Simons of the University of Illinois in an op-ed piece in the New York Times. “Unfortunately, finding causes is easier said than done, and causes we think we see can turn out to be illusions.”

Hoping for a smoking gun that lets us clearly identify causation may not be in the cards, ever. As an example, the authors cite a study that analyzed potential connections between food advertising on billboards and prevalence of obesity in certain parts of Los Angeles and New Orleans. The study results showed that areas with more outdoor food advertisements had a higher proportion of obese people than those with fewer ads. So, there seems to be a direct link.

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An Anti-Obesity Pill

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pillsFrom Your Health Journal…..An interesting article from The Jewish Press by Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu about an anti-obesity pill. We know how obesity is on the rise all over the world, and obesity related illnesses are also on the rise including heart disease, asthma, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and weak joints. Sedentary lifestyle along with poor eating habits has been a major contribution. Now, an Israeli-made pill may be on its way to make the world slimmer. The “slim pill” to reduce obesity could go on the market as a medicine, with the help of a major pharmaceutical company. The slim-down pill is made from indigestible edible fiber taken before a meal. The pills, after coming in contact with water, inflate and make food more viscous, keeping it in the stomach longer, and creating the sense of being sated. Please visit the Jewish Press web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was well written and informative.”

From the article…..

An Israeli-made pill may be on its way to make the world slimmer. The “slim pill” to reduce obesity could go on the market as a medicine, with the help of a major pharmaceutical company.

The Israeli start-up Gelesis is in advanced talks with a large pharmaceutical company to develop its pill that makes people fat people feel their stomachs are full, resulting in less food intake and a loss in weight.

The pharma company was not identified by Israel’s Globes business newspaper, which said that Gelesis soon will publish results of a recent clinical trial of the pill.

Instead of asking the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider the product as a nutritional supplement or medical device, the Israeli company wants to offer it is a medicine in to increase its market appeal.

The value of the deal with the foreign pharmaceutical company could reach hundreds of millions of dollars. The unidentified company will invest millions of dollars for developing the pill and will pay royalties on sales, Globes added.

The slim-down pill is made from indigestible edible fiber taken before a meal. The pills, after coming in contact with water, inflate and make food more viscous, keeping it in the stomach longer, and creating the sense of being sated.

A study of the pill’s effects several years ago showed a high rate of those who said they felt they had enough to eat, while only 16 percent reported they suffered side effects of discomfort, which Gelesis may be able to reduce by changing the dosage for certain individuals.

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Protecting Our Children From Obesity

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obeseboyvectoreatingFrom Your Health Journal…..”I wanted to promote an article in The Coloradoan entitled We must protect our children from epidemic of obesity written by Tim Flynn and Terry Gebhardt, who really hit home with their message. This web site has mentioned many times the concern over childhood obesity – as it has grown to epidemic proportions in many areas of the United States, as well as other countries. Obesity related illness such as asthma, weak joints, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease are also up. Since the article in today’s review was written in Colorado, they mention how Colorado is the least obese state in the nation with 20.7 percent of adults and 10 percent to 15 percent of children defined as obese. The authors of this article are quick to point out that nobody should be patting themselves on the back over these statistics so fast. I encourage you all to visit the Coloradoan web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. It was well written and very informative.”

From the article…..

Childhood obesity is a national epidemic. In the United States, the number of children and teenagers who are overweight or obese has tripled from 1980 to 2000 alone, and the numbers continue to grow each year.

Surveys show Colorado is the least obese state in the nation with 20.7 percent of adults and 10 percent to 15 percent of children defined as obese. Don’t pat yourself on the back just yet. These percentages represent a significant number of our Coloradans who are living unhealthy lifestyles. In fact, our current obesity rates are similar to Texas in 1995.

Many of us are unsure of how to judge what overweight and obese look like as we are one of the most overweight countries in the world and that has distorted our perceptions. The most common way to calculate if an individual is underweight, at a typical weight, overweight or obese is by their body mass index, or BMI. This calculation takes into account a person’s weight and height to determine their categorical body mass. While this calculation is not perfect, and does not take into consideration the difference between muscle and fat, it is effective as a quick screening tool. To calculate your child’s BMI, go to www.Colpts.com.

Childhood obesity is one of America’s biggest health concerns because excessive body weight is associated with heart and lung disease, diabetes, liver complications, sleep apnea and specific types of cancer. Two of the most commonly reported problems in overweight children are joint pain and bone health. Studies show girls and boys who are obese have 13 percent less bone mineral strength compared with their same-aged healthy peers. Decreased bone strength may lead to spinal complications as well as bone fractures if not addressed.

To read the full article…..Click here