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.
Our world is facing two pandemics right now. The acute one, Covid-19, is swift and relentless — and it’s disproportionately preying upon people…
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.
In short, the JAMA study found that more Americans than ever before are dieting these days, and yet weight continues to trend up. According to the research, the number of people dieting in 2015–2016 increased by 23% compared to the number…
As sometimes happens to visitors in Las Vegas, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff got hooked then decided to stake it all on a feeling.
Freedhoff, then a physician splitting time between a family practice and rehab hospital, was eager to visit Vegas, and a conference on obesity provided him the opportunity. Despite having no interest in gambling (“I don’t even put a nickel in the nickel slots,” he says), the Toronto native hit a jackpot of sorts in Sin City: “I enjoyed the conference so much,” Freedhoff says, “that I continued my learning and ended up becoming the third physician in Canada…
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.
Another mouse with an identical wire is in an identical cage with an identical food pellet. When it walks over to the pellet, there is a…
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.
It’s now time to question every assumption.
The conventional approach to obesity considers weight control as a matter of accounting — too many calories into the body, not enough calories out. The solution: count calories, eat less and move more. As long as you have a negative “energy balance,” you’ll eventually solve the problem.