Obesity and Patients

Obesity and Patients
This is probably one of the best videos that I have seen recently about the causes of obesity and how we treat our patients. It is something that we physicians must remind ourselves of constantly: to treat patients with compassion and empathy.

But the second message is also important: we don’t know what causes obesity – and the old thoughts about eating too much are no longer valid. We do know this, it isn’t what you eat, it is how your body processes the food. Too much processed grains, sugars, carbohydrates – are not good – and moving away from a diet of those will be important to the lifestyle change any who wish to lose weight and keep it off will have.

If you wish to lose weight, we know that you must change what you eat. The one thing all experts agree upon now is this: avoiding processed grains and free sugars. Both plant strong diets, and paleo diets preach this. It isn’t just calories.

So the first step for many of my patients is this: learn to cook – and for me- this is the mission for all of my patients. And we like it when they start young.

JJ and the kitchen

Starting kids early – learning to cook, appreciating good food- is one of the best starts you can do for your family

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit www.terrysimpson.com.

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  1. Lynn says:

    I grew up underweight and my current weight is normal but during the years that my children were born, I did gain too much weight. I went to Weight Watchers while nursing my 4th child and was losing nicely on all those non-starchy vegetables and then I started waking up queasy and needing toast. Then one day, my baby wouldn’t nurse and I had gained a pound. We soon found out the answer: child #5 was on the way. Pregnancy usually causes weight gain and I didn’t return to Weight Watchers until after child #6. Then it worked very well and I should have gone on maintenance but instead I stopped going to meetings and continued on the diet. Then one day I woke up feeling weak and weighed myself and found that I only weighed 95lbs. I went to the doctor who advised me to gain some of it back. My weight had some ups and downs from being hit by a car but my weight remained normal. At 108 lbs, I was told not to lose more weight. I am careful about food, particularly to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables and limit higher calorie foods. I am also very active. I used to drink diet sodas but I cut out all sodas after getting put on an estrogen blocker due to the effect that both can have on bone strength.
    I do think that the theory about weight gain during pregnancy has changed since I had babies and pregnant women are no longer told not to restrict calories or to gain weight if they are already overweight. It looks to me that many normal weight women develop weight problems during their child bearing years and their husbands gain right along with them.

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