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The Obesity Link between Mother and Child

The bond between a mother and child is unique, and children often adopt their mother’s behaviors. For parents…

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How to Create an Effective Marketing Plan for Your Weight Loss Practice

Without a marketing plan for your weight loss practice, you have a higher risk of attracting the wrong…

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How Is Bone Mineral Density Affected by Gender & Obesity?

Men with obesity can experience a negative association with bone mineral density even more so than women. Although…

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Everything You Need to Know About Running a Profitable Weight Loss Practice

Whether you are starting a weight loss practice from the ground up or striving to grow your existing…

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For People with Obesity, Increased Fall Risk Adds to Complications

Falls are the leading cause of injuries and accidental deaths for people over the age of 65, and…

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How common are Urinary Tract Infections among Patients with Obesity?

A higher body mass index is associated with an increased risk for urinary tract infections and pyelonephritis, particularly…

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The Benefits of Putting Your Personality into your Marketing Plan

One of the best ways to stand out in a crowd and attract your ideal patients is by…

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The Importance of Skin Care for People with Obesity

Many people do not realize the importance of skin care, which, if overlooked, can lead to a variety…

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How to Differentiate Your Weight Loss Products from Big Box Stores

It can be difficult to compete with the price of weight loss products at big box stores. However,…

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emotional eating
We All Eat in Times of Stress — Why Do Only Some People Gain Weight?

Emotional eating can create a negative cycle and potentially lead to weight gain. Many people seek to soothe…

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The Best Ways to Facilitate Team Ownership for Weight Loss Practice Outcomes

A culture of personal responsibility and team ownership in your weight loss practice isn’t something you can mandate…

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Weight is a Modifiable Stroke Risk

When temperatures drop sharply, the incidence of ischemic stroke significantly increases. This winter has produced frequent periods of…

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The Sales Benefits of Customer Obsession

Focusing on the needs of the weight loss patients you serve is one of the most effective ways…

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The Cause of Obesity: Have We Been Looking at it Wrong?

A recent article suggests that the long held view on what causes obesity is inherently flawed. A recent…

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What Are the Risks of Obesity & Cardiomyopathy?

Cardiomyopathy is exacerbated by obesity, and patients with severe obesity are at high risk. Cardiomyopathy, a disease of…

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social media marketing
How to Create & Implement an Effective Social Media Plan for your Weight Loss Practice

If you find you are spending a lot of time and money on social media for your weight…

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4 Strategies to Increase your Weight Loss Product Sales

Tired of slow-moving product sales in your weight loss practice? Here are some great ways to remedy this…

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Can the Risk of Blood Clots be reduced through Weight Loss?

People with obesity have twice the risk of developing venous thromboembolism, and this likelihood increases to sixfold for…

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How Can People with Obesity Reduce Their COVID Risk?

Immunocompromised groups, including people with obesity, continue to have poor outcomes related to coronavirus. As we enter the…

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5 Essential Ingredients for Running an Extremely Successful Weight Loss Practice

Building and running a successful weight loss practice doesn’t require fancy schemes or complicated strategies. It requires focus…

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What Challenges Will Health Care Face in 2022?

The health care environment has risen to overcome unprecedented obstacles over the past few years, but there are…

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Speaking with Your Weight Loss Patients: The Non-Salesy Sales Conversation

Wouldn’t it be great if you and your team never had to feel like you were ‘selling’ your…

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Putting Obesity Treatment in the Forefront for 2022

The pinpoint focus on COVID-19 has shifted attention from other critically important public health issues that continue to…

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What is the Impact of a Western Diet?

Western diets are inextricably linked to obesity, which continues to rise and is expected to affect a staggering…

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How to Effectively Package Products & Services for Better Weight Loss Program Sales

Effectively packaging your products and services for your current and prospective weight loss patients not only increases your…

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How Can Patients Prepare for Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery is considered a final option for people with obesity who have potentially life-threatening health issues related…

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How Does Oral Care Contribute to Obesity?

Obesity is linked to dental and periodontal diseases and can lead to serious health risks. Obesity is linked…

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How to Build Great Relationships with your Weight Loss Patients for Optimal Outcomes & Referrals

The relationship you and your team have with your weight loss patients impacts their overall outcome, level of…

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What are the Risks of Obesity to People with Disabilities?

People with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, have one of the highest rates of obesity compared to…

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Why are we seeing an Increase in Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?

The number of cases of GERD has been on the rise among younger populations, and this likely is…

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content marketing
A Beginners Guide to Content Marketing for Your Weight Loss Practice

Content marketing is one of the best ways to effectively reach your ideal weight loss patients and grow…

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Is Obesity Associated with Pulmonary Hypertension?

In recent years, a relationship between obesity and pulmonary hypertension has emerged. Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is a rare…

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diabetes research
What’s the Latest in Diabetes Research?

Roughly 90% of people who have obesity or are overweight have type 2 diabetes. National Diabetes Month is…

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Four Effective Compliance Strategies for Your Weight Loss Patients

Optimal weight loss patient outcomes are the goal. Short and long-term compliance is required for ultimate success. With…

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Bladder Cancer
Is there a Correlation Between Obesity and Bladder Cancer?

Obesity and smoking are controllable risks that contribute to bladder cancer and thus are worth discussing with patient…

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weight gain
How Can Patients Avoid Weight Gain When Faced with Holiday Treats?

As we move closer to the holidays, weight gain increases—with the greatest gain occurring in the 10 days…

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breast cancer awareness
Why Do People Wear Pink Ribbons?

Although cases of breast cancer continue to rise, the likelihood of death from this cancer has decreased thanks…

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help patients
How Can I Help My Patients Lose Weight?

Individualized approaches to weight loss that better reflect the “lived experiences” of each patient must be implemented. With…

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Mental Health
How Does Obesity Affect Mental Health?

Obesity is significantly associated with psychosocial burdens affecting the mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of overall health.…

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childhood obesity
What Effect can Parents have on Childhood Obesity?

The most impactful factor on children’s weight is the weight of their parents. However, addressing weight issues from…

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Is Obesity a Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s disease?
Is Obesity a Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s disease?

Although Age is the Greatest Risk Factor for Alzheimer’s disease, there is Strong Evidence that Obesity also plays…

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Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

Circadian rhythm is one of the most influential factors in how we function over the course of a…

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Effects of Obesity on Colorectal Cancer

Evidence linking obesity and cancer is well-researched and supported. Among the most common types of cancer is colorectal…

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Treating obesity
Patient-centered Approach to Treating Obesity

Treating Obesity. Patient-centered care and patient-centered outcomes have become key measurements in health care and, for many systems,…

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Obesity among Aging Patients
Addressing Obesity among Aging Patients

As advancements in technology and medical care continue to proliferate and Baby Boomers’ transition to their next decade…

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Strength Training
Incorporating Strength Training as Part of a Weight Loss Program

The medical benefits of aerobic exercises are well-established and frequently recommended as the means to increase physical activity…

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Weight Loss Patient
Add Variety to Cardio for Weight Loss Patient Compliance

It seems like summer has only just arrived, but Memorial Day is fast becoming a memory as Labor…

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Root Drivers: Dispelling the Myths of Obesity

The availability and abundance of food options, in conjunction with increased sedentary behaviors, contribute to the global increase…

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Treatment for Obesity
Gut Microbiome Research Offers Potential Treatment for Obesity

Over the past 10 years, evidence-based research on Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCD) has increased; as a result,…

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Scleroderma and Subcutaneous Adipose Tissue

Scleroderma is a group of autoimmune diseases that cause skin and connective tissue to harden and tighten. Cases…

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Fad Diets
Fad Diets: Weight Loss at What Cost?

Each January, many people start the year with resolutions to lose weight, with gym owners generally the greatest…

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Cellulitis
Obesity and Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a common infection that affects more than 14 million people in the United States each year.…

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Obesity on Fertility
The Impact of Obesity on Fertility in Men

The challenges women with obesity face when trying to become pregnant are well-documented. However, the impact of male…

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Prostate Cancer
The Cyclic Relationship between Obesity and Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common and most dangerous cancer in men; and for 43 percent of…

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Effect of Obesity on Gout
The Inflammatory Effect of Obesity on Gout

Nearly one quarter of American adults have arthritis, and the most common form of inflammatory arthritis is gout.…

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Weight-Related Issues Affecting Men
Weight-Related Issues Affecting Men
Since weight loss occurs differently for men and women, it is important to know how each gender experiences the weight loss process to better address concerns in areas where they may struggle.
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Postmenopausal Weight Loss
Postmenopausal Weight Loss
Managing weight is difficult and postmenopausal women, in particular, face unique challenges that can contribute to the frustration.
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Adult Weight Gain Increases Cancer in Women
Adult Weight Gain Increases Cancer in Women
In the United States, roughly one in eight women develop intensive breast cancer during their lives, and women are also at risk for cervical, endometrial, skin, colorectal and ovarian cancers. ...
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Bone Health & Obesity in Women
Body fat long has been considered to be protective against the fractures commonly associated with osteoporosis because Body Mass Index (BMI) positively correlates to Bone Mineral Density (BMD). ...
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Women’s Health and Obesity
Women’s Health and Obesity, Part 1
May is Women’s Health Month and serves as a reminder for women of all ages to make their health a priority. Among the health challenges many women face is obesity. ...
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Obesity and Respiratory Diseases
Obesity and Respiratory Diseases
Respiratory issues are a common comorbidity associated with obesity. Given the high percentage of people with obesity, it is estimated that up to six percent have some form of Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome (OHS)....
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Very Low Calorie Diet
Very Low Calorie Diets: An Evidence-Based Approach
The 2001 Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial was groundbreaking for its findings related to weight loss ...
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A Look into the Future: Generational Obesity
Among adults with obesity, health issues including hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are generally well-known ...
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The Benefits of an In-House Weight Management Program
Obesity has been an epidemic in the United States for decades and it now affects 42 percent of the adult population ...
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Fatty Liver Disease
Obesity and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
A report from the Centers for Disease Control found that more than 48 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures are performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers annually.
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cost of obesity
The Surgical Cost of Obesity: Physical and Financial
A report from the Centers for Disease Control found that more than 48 million surgical and nonsurgical procedures are performed in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers annually.
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Helping Patients with Obesity
Helping Patients with Obesity Navigate COVID-Induced Stress
In addition to illness, death and potential long-term side-effects, the psychological impact related to the virus has been significant across populations indiscriminate of gender, race or lifestyle
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Obesity, Renal Disease and the Impact of COVID-19
The National Kidney Foundation refers to CKD as an underrecognized public health crisis. CKD is caused primarily by hypertension and diabetes
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Meal Replacements
The Nutritional Value of Meal Replacements
Since the Academy recommends meal replacements as “part of a comprehensive weight management program,” this is a good opportunity to review the nutritional benefits of a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) and meal replacements
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Measures of Obesity
Measures of Obesity: Which is Best?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is the most commonly used measure to screen for and diagnose obesity, but is it the best tool to do so?
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Contribute to Obesity
How Social Determinants Contribute to Obesity
The greatest advantage a physician has to effectively treat symptoms and their causes is the ability to directly observe and interact with patients ...
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Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Disease
Obesity’s Link to Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Disease
This generation represents more than 20 percent of the population and the wear-and-tear that comes with age will continue to show itself in health issues, notably orthopedic and musculoskeletal diseases.
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Weight Loss Incentive Programs
Weight Loss Incentive Programs: Help or Hindrance?
80 percent of large employers offer some type of financial incentive to improve health. But how effective are these programs?
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Link between Cancer and Obesity
The Link between Cancer and Obesity
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States
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Effects of Obesity
Seeing the Effects of Obesity
Although only a small percentage of patients with glaucoma become blind, it is nonetheless the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
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High Protein Diets
High Protein Diets are Integral to Weight Loss Success
Diets higher in protein improve energy, enhance weight loss, and decrease fat mass while simultaneously preserving lean muscle mass.
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Health Care System
Managing a Health Care System in a Changing World
2020 was anything but typical, which means the entire health care industry will continue to feel the impact well beyond the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine ...
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New Year’s Resolutions
New Year’s Resolutions: Focus on Gains, Not Losses
To guide patients towards more successful weight loss efforts, rather than asking (or telling) them how much they’d like to lose, ask why they want to lose weight
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Impact on Weight Loss
The RDN Impact on Weight Loss
Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) often are the foundation to the team approach to weight loss
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The Gut-Brain Connection
The Gut-Brain Connection
An increasing body of literature looks at the gut-brain connection. More specifically, the connection between adiposity and dementia, in ...
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Reducing Obesity
It’s Simple Math: Reducing Obesity = Fewer Cardiovascular Risks
Where there is obesity, there also is high likelihood of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and a host of other serious medical conditions
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Holiday Weight Gain
Avoid The Unwanted Gift of Holiday Weight Gain
For those whose annual weight gain requires them to consider a new approach to weight loss and management, programs that utilize meal replacements are safe and effective
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Diabesity
Diabesity High Risk Factors
As National Diabetes Month draws to an end, it is important to recognize that while awareness and education are essential
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An Unhealthy Relationship
Diabesity: An Unhealthy Relationship
Weight loss and behavior modification are the first line and most effective solutions to treating both health conditions.
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Caring for
Caring for Those Who Have Borne the Battle
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is linked to obesity. Research finds that beyond the physical conditions identified above ...
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Importance of Sleep
Waking Up to the Importance of Sleep
A weight gain of 10 percent can increase the risk of disease progression by six times for people who suffer from mild OSA.
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Increasing Obesity Awareness
Formal Diagnosis: Taking the First Step to Increasing Obesity Awareness
Awareness will succeed only if it is supported by early intervention, which is critical to long-term changes in the rate of obesity.
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Obesity Awareness
Obesity Awareness: Where to Start?
Obesity is a health crisis with a financial domino effect that impacts everyone in a community, regardless of their individual weight.
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Wellness
Walking Towards Wellness, One Step at a Time
Weight loss is a journey and each step forward helps reduce multiple health risks, and offers the added benefit of positive psychological well-being.
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Obesity Increases Pregnancy Risks – but they are not Insurmountable
Obesity increases pregnancy risks but they are not insurmountable.
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Weight Loss Counters Fertility Issues
Greater awareness of PCOS and fertility issues can increase recognition of symptoms in mothers-to-be so that they can seek care and increase their likelihood of conceiving
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Treating Patients
The Team Approach to Successfully Treating Patients with Obesity
Using a team approach provides successful treatment for both weight loss and maintenance and helps with relapse prevention
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Behavioral Change is the Key to Weight Loss Effectiveness
Behavioral Change is the Key to Weight Loss Effectiveness
Although weight loss is a positive outcome of behavioral intention, weight maintenance remains a challenge for many who attempt to lose weight
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Changing the Course of Childhood Obesity
Childhood obesity is a real and serious problem with many of the same effects as adult obesity
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Obesity: The Disease of Diseases
Obesity: The Disease of Diseases
We are long overdue for a cultural shift in how society views and treats people with obesity
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Obesity and Covid-19 | Robard Blogs
Obesity and COVID-19
The link between obesity and diabetes is incontrovertible, with 90 percent of type 2 diabetics being overweight or obese.
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Why Physicians Need to Evaluate Treating Obesity With Physical Activity
Maintaining highly intense exercise regimes is often unsustainable for most people with overweight and obesity.
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Mobile App gives Providers Greater Ability to Connect with Patients with Obesity
Mobile App gives Providers Greater Ability to Connect with Patients with Obesity
MyHealthyJourney is a mobile app and digital solution that empowers your patients to securely journal their meals, exercise and hydration, message coaches, schedule visits, and track weight.
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Maintain Weight Loss in the Summer
BBQs, Beer, and Ice Cream… Oh My! Help your Patients Maintain Weight Loss in the Summer
Health care providers can be one of the biggest support systems to get patients through the season without feeling like they can’t enjoy themselves.
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Link between obesity and cancer
Theory: A Protein Secreted by Fat Cells Drives the Development of Breast Cancer
The link between obesity and cancer is well-established. In the case of breast cancer, however,
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Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes
Healthy Body Weight is Crucial in the Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes, Regardless of Genetic Predisposition
Genetic predispositions account for the increased likelihood of ...
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Is there a link between knee replacement & obesity?
The Link between Knee Replacement Surgery & Obesity

Is there a link between knee replacement & obesity? Patients who are overweight or have been diagnosed with…

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Emotionally engaging patients
Keeping Patients Emotionally Engaged and On Track During Social Separation

The world is ever-changing, and the events that have unfolded over the last few months revealed how swiftly…

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weight Bias
Medical Professionals & Medical Weight Bias

Weight bias is something many patients with obesity experience. Surprisingly, it is not general bias from the general…

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Kidney Disease
The Compounded Risks for Kidney Disease and Patients with Obesity

A study from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has linked obesity as a risk factor…

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Helping Patients Make Healthier Choices
Now when I run into people, they say, ‘Oh, and you’ve kept the weight off!’ And they act surprised because a lot of people try fad diets...
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The Convergence of Depression, Trauma and Obesity

The Convergence of Depression, Trauma and Obesity Long before I was a Board Certified Family Medicine physician involved…

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excess skin after weight loss
Help Patients Deal with Excess Skin after Weight Loss

In the beginning of a weight loss journey, many patients think they’ll lose 40 pounds and look like…

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10 Weight Loss Affirmations to Motivate and Retain Patients

We are in the midst of a tough season for weight loss patients: Spring. Warmer weather marks the…

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Mom’s Final Wish: Grandkids and a Bathing Suit

“I was determined,” says Cain, who joined the medical weight loss program at the Center for Weight Management at Gwinnett…

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New Year’s Planning & Evaluation for Health Care Providers: Setting Yourself Up for Success

The New Year is always a time filled with new opportunities for health care providers, specifically for those…

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3 Tips to Avoid Winter Weight Gain

The winter months can be fun and festive. It’s also the season when weight loss patients can lose…

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Social Media Tips for Health Care Providers

Social media is about more than just engagement; it is a business imperative. Studies have shown that the…

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9 Strategies for Retaining Weight Loss Patients

The time between Thanksgiving and the New Year can be the most challenging for your staff and your…

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Thanksgiving Holiday Message

As we prepare for festive gatherings with family and friends, Robard gives thanks for those who work so…

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State of the Science Medical Program, New Direction Advanced, Targets the Obesity Epidemic
New State of the Science Medical Program Targets the Obesity Epidemic

Designed by physicians for physicians, New Direction® Advanced provides doctors with the tools to effectively treat obesity in…

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Meal Replacement Shakes Don’t Have To Be Boring

For patients who need to lose 40 pounds or more, traditional methods of diet and exercise are oftentimes…

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Diet Compliance Tips Holiday
5 Diet Compliance Tips for the Holiday Season

October until the New Year is a tough season for patients with obesity. Every month, there is a…

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How Dieters Can Have a Healthy Halloween
8 Dos and Don’ts to Help Dieters Have a Healthy Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner! Here are some dos and don’ts to show you how dieters can…

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obesity and overweight can increase cancer risk
CDC Report: 40 Percent of All U.S. Cancer Diagnoses Linked to Overweight and Obesity

Cancer rates are higher than ever and projected to continue climbing. It’s no surprise that many Americans are…

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Robard Corporation Diabetes Medical Protocol
Robard Diabetes Medical Protocol

Newly launched family health initiative and expanded online catalog aim to make people healthier by implementing small, gradual…

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3 business reasons you should offer weight management treatment for your patients
3 Business Reasons You Should Offer Weight Management Treatment for Your Patients

Obesity levels in the United States are a significant concern, as the most recently available obesity statistics, based…

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7 R's of Operating a Successful Weight Management Program
The 7 R’s of Operating a Successful Weight Management Program

What makes a successful weight management program? We recently shared with you the Robard Blog article “9 Insider…

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9 insider secrets to running an effective and profitable weight management center
9 Insider Secrets to Running an Effective and Profitable Weight Management Center

Who would know better than Robard’s own Business Development and Territory Sales Managers exactly what makes a weight…

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Patients’ Health Not Improving? It’s Why I Treat Obesity

I think we are at a crossroads in medicine right now. Imagine the perfect storm. Life expectancy is…

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how to start the weight management conversation with your patients
How to Start the Weight Management Conversation with your Patients

Addressing someone's weight can be a touchy subject. Why it may be important to address your parents weight.…

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Americans concerned about their weight, but don't understand link to a healthy heart
Americans Concerned about Their Weight, but Don’t Understand Link to a Healthy Heart

A Cleveland Clinic survey finds that while most Americans (88 percent) understand that there is a connection between…

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how hormone havoc prevents weight loss
How Hormone Havoc Prevents Weight Loss

Have you ever thought there must be more to weight loss than just dieting and exercise? Well, it…

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