Weight Loss

Obesity. Is it more than one disease?

Obesity.  Is it more than one disease?

I recently had a patient ask me, "What is your approach to weight loss?".   To this I responded, "I do my best to help people isolate their individual drivers of weight gain."  Whenever I give this response, I am hoping that the person across from me smiles and says, "yes, that's what we need!", but instead what I usually get is a blank stare as a response.

F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies - NYTimes.com

F.D.A. to Require Calorie Count, Even for Popcorn at the Movies - NYTimes.com

This move by the FDA is a HUGE step forward in the battle against our unhealthy food environment.  Has anyone ever tried to find healthy food in the southern USA?  The obesity problem is everyone's problem and its not a will power problem as some arrogant and uneducated people might suggest. 

Bariatric Medicine/ Obesity Medicine Course

Last weekend I attended the Canadian Obesity Network's obesity course in Edmonton, Alberta. The high level of care and compassion that the CON staff bring to their work is inspiring and Dr. Arya Sharma is a terrific speaker and leader in the field.  I look forward to taking part in their courses and seminars more in the future.

I am happy to say that the course helped me to realize that I am right on track with the development of next year's 9-12 month weight loss program, and I hope to start recruiting patients soon for the new year!

Dr. Ryan Oughtred