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‘Our world is facing two pandemics right now,’ says Dr. Rami Bailony

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There’s still a lot we don’t know about Covid-19, as the news headlines demonstrate on a daily basis. That’s to be expected with a virus that has so quickly and completely consumed the globe, dramatically outpacing testing and mitigation efforts. However, the continued unknowns about this virus shouldn’t obfuscate what we do know to be true about this deadly disease. As the weeks wear on, our failure to act on known medical truths is becoming increasingly unforgivable.


An obesity specialist reveals four overlooked contributors

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A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association should serve as an eye-opener to any American who has ever struggled with their weight — but not for the reason the researchers suggest. To me, an obesity specialist, the study serves as a stark reminder of both society’s and health care’s gross misunderstanding of the obesity epidemic.


Dr. Yoni Freedhoff on obesity, weight loss, and the need to end post-traumatic dieting disorder

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As sometimes happens to visitors in Las Vegas, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff got hooked then decided to stake it all on a feeling.


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A new clinical trial will zap the brain’s reward center to help people who struggle with obesity and binge eating

A mouse hangs out in a cage, oblivious to the wire sticking out of its head and recording its brain activity. The mouse strolls around before making its way to the corner where a food pellet — full of fat and extra delicious — lies. The mouse takes a bite and then keeps eating and eating and eating. A graph measuring the mouse’s brain activity goes crazy, spiking upward again and again and again.


A new, major study supports the “Carbohydrate Insulin Model” of obesity

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The Problem

Most people have trouble staying on a weight-loss program.
Of those who stay on a program, most don’t lose much weight.
Of those who do lose weight, most regain it in 1 or 2 years.

These observations, first made in the 1950s, remain true today.

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