Tag Archives: obesity

Body Mass Index: Use it or lose it?

If you check out the exam room décor during your next doctor’s appointment, you’re likely to notice a body mass index (BMI) table pinned to the wall. BMI is a number calculated from a person’s height and weight, and the Centers…


Are you paying attention to the obesity epidemic numbers? You should be.

I think the time has arrived when we really need to start paying more attention to some very important numbers in this country specifically the obesity epidemic numbers.  The numbers are shocking, and sadly startling in my opinion. NBC’s Dr….



How far do you have to run to burn off a cheeseburger?

How can you burn food without cooking it?   That was just one of the many questions that were asked of the participants of an HBO documentary film titled “The Weight of the Nation – Kid Quiz.” The cast of…


Sign up for “MI Healthier Tomorrow” and create your own healthier tomorrow today

Everyone realizes that there is an obesity epidemic in this country. Yet when I recently learned that Michigan is now considered the fifth-heaviest state in the nation, it shocked me. I don’t like that number at all. I thought we…

Is your weight-loss goal too big for you to achieve?

We made it to another year, giving us a fresh 52 weeks to achieve many of the goals we’ve recently set.  Some goals may be ones that have been attempted in the past; others have been recently conjured up.  No…


Can dog ownership help lower the childhood obesity rates in America?

Dogs are recognized as man’s best friend, but did you know that they may also have a very special role when it comes to the children in your family?  Research has shown that children from dog-owning families actually exercise more…


The hurtful attack on Jennifer Livingston’s weight was just plain mean

“Seriously?” That is the first reaction that I had when I listened to Jennifer Livingston on NBC’s Today Show as I stood motionless in disbelief.  Too fat for TV, really? Jennifer, a morning anchor at WKBT in La Crosse, WI,…

How I answer the question “What will you do if you gain all your weight back?”

“What will you do if you gain all your weight back?” That is a question that I’m sure many people who have lost a substantial amount of weight have been asked a time or two. I suppose it’s an innocent…


A few weight-loss tips created for this darling dog: Obie the overweight Dachshund

If you’ve been following the story of Obie the dachshund, you know this cute little guy has a bit of a weight problem.   Okay, it’s more than a bit of a problem.  Obie’s top weight was 77 pounds, which is…