Obesity News and Education

January OCC Advocacy News

January 2019 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator 116th Congress Opens Amidst Government Shutdown On January 3, 2019, the 116th Congress was gaveled into session by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) … Continue reading

December OCC Advocacy News

November/December 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator 2018 Election Results: Democrats To Control House At the time of this report, virtually all of the results of the 2018 mid-term elections have … Continue reading

What Causes Obesity?

January 19, 2019 What causes obesity? Many people believe the answer to this question is very simple: eating too many calories or burning too few calories. However, if eating and exercise were the only causes of obesity, the treatment would … Continue reading

September OCC Advocacy News

September 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator OMA Hosts OCAN Fall Advocacy Day On September 27, 2018, more than 60 obesity advocates descended on Capitol Hill as part of the Obesity … Continue reading

Obesity and Insulin Resistance

August 24, 2018 Nearly 40% of the U.S. population now suffers from obesity, and 45% suffer from either prediabetes or type 2 diabetes. There is considerable overlap between these diseases, with more than 85% of patients diagnosed with type 2 … Continue reading

Mindful Eating and Treating Obesity

August 9, 2018 In recent years, the word “mindfulness” has gained popularity in both media and scientific literature.  Many of us have heard it in contexts such as: Mindful living, mindful eating, mindful sleeping, or mindful exercise. First, let’s take … Continue reading

What Is a Keto Diet? Ketogenic Diet 101

August 9, 2018 The keto diet plan (ketogenic) is designed to switch the body from using sugars to ketones for fuel. Ketosis occurs when a person fasts (eats nothing at all), but that isn’t realistic. If the body receives lower … Continue reading

What Is the Mediterranean Diet?

August 9, 2018 The Mediterranean diet is a diet typical of many Mediterranean countries, such as Spain, southern Italy, and Greece. It is mainly made up of unrefined cereals, grains, vegetables (including green, leafy vegetables), beans, fresh fruits (consumed as … Continue reading

Low Carb Diet Tips

August 5, 2018 There has been a lot of discussion about low carbohydrate (“low carb”) diets in recent years. Many people have turned to a low carb diet for weight loss. However it is important to have at least a … Continue reading