What Causes Obesity?

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 be easy: eat … 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

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 diabetes also suffering … Continue reading

Mindful Eating and Treating Obesity

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 a closer look … Continue reading

What Is a Keto Diet? Ketogenic Diet 101

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 amounts of carbohydrates … Continue reading

What Is the Mediterranean Diet?

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 desserts or snacks), … Continue reading

Low Carb Diet Tips

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 basic understanding of … Continue reading

Sleep Apnea and Obesity: Are They Related?

Are sleep apnea and obesity related? Current statistics indicate that 70% of U.S. citizens are medically classified as having overweight or obesity (NIH, 2017). Overweight is categorized as a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater, with obesity being … Continue reading

Top Weight Loss Medications

Weight loss medications are an important component of a complete treatment plan for adults with obesity (BMI > 30) or overweight (BMI > 27) with increased adiposity complications. The benefits of weight loss medications include: appetite control, improvement of eating … Continue reading

July OCC Advocacy News

July 2018 Newsletter of the Obesity Care Continuum (OCC) Prepared by Christopher Gallagher, OCC Washington Coordinator AMA Adopts Policy to Break Down Barriers to Obesity Care On June 12, 2018, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD) approved … Continue reading