The Vegan Diet

The vegan diet has been gaining popularity in recent years. According to recent polls, approximately 1.5-2% of the adult U.S. population report following a vegan diet (1,2). The vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet, but in addition to meats and fish, … Continue reading

April OCC Advocacy News

April 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator OCAN Member Groups Comment regarding USPSTF Draft Recommendations on Behavioral Weight Loss Interventions On March 19, 2018, 15 members groups of the Obesity Care … Continue reading

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a term used to describe dietary approaches that focus on cycling between prolonged periods of fasting and eating during defined periods of time. The periods of fasting involve intentionally fasting for longer than the traditional 8-12 hours of … Continue reading

What Causes Obesity?

Obesity1 is a complex medical disease, not a lifestyle choice. So what causes obesity? Obesity is caused by the accumulation of fat cells (adiposity), which eventually leads to fat cell dysfunction and results in negative effects on the entire body … Continue reading

Diseases Related to Obesity

Obesity is the most common chronic disease in the United States. Currently, nearly 40% of the U.S. adult population suffers from obesity. This number is expected to reach 50% in less than 15 years. Lifespan is shortened by 2-4 years … Continue reading

February/March OCC Advocacy News

February/March 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator February 27 OCAN Advocacy Day A number of OCC leaders joined more than 80 individuals from 24 different states in attending the second annual … Continue reading

Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is a common medical condition that affects more than one-third of U.S. adults (1). The treatment for obesity includes nutrition, physical activity, behavioral changes, and anti-obesity medications. In patients whom medical treatment is not enough, surgical treatments may be … Continue reading

Weight Loss Programs That Work

When looking for weight loss programs that work, knowing what components are key to success is very important. The first step is an assessment and evaluation. Here an obesity medicine specialist will take a medical and weight history to better … Continue reading

How to Lose Weight

Obesity is the most common medical disease affecting about one-third of the population, so knowing how to lose weight and treat this condition is very important to health. It was thought at one time that you could simply focus on … Continue reading