bariatric & medical weight loss Articles

IndyStar Article: Weight Loss Surgery is Last Resort

06/28/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

This article was in yesterday's IndyStar. Great job Dr. Temmerman on covering both weight loss surgery and the non-surgical medically supervised weight loss program option! Weight Loss Surgery is Last Resort By: Shari Rudavsky Few people find losing weight easy. But for some people, shedding pounds becomes a medical problem. That's where medical bariatricians like Dr. Joan Temmerman of Clarian Health can enter the picture. Temmerman counsels patients with a variety of weight-loss techniques.…

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Weight Loss Surgery Gaining Broader Acceptance??

06/27/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I found an interesting article online about weight loss surgery and the broader acceptance with it in today's society as the obesity epidemic increases. The article also discusses the lowering costs of bariatric surgery and whether or not further decreasing the costs will become the key to expanding the access and convincing insurance companies to view it as an acceptable option for some patients. A few exerpts from the article: "Weight-loss surgery, once reserved only for the most extreme and…

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Hot Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes Recipe

06/26/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

This recipe is appropriate for post-weight loss surgery patients who are 2 months out or greater from their bariatric surgery. It may also be appropriate for those on a medically supervised non-surgical weight loss program (you may want to check with your doctor). Recipe from Hot Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes PER SERVING (1 stuffed tomato): 141 calories, 8.25g fiber, 13.5g protein  Ingredients: 4 large tomatoes, each about 3 inches wide 1/2 cup Fiber One bran cereal (original) 1/2 cup…

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Comfort Eating

06/25/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

The magazine, “WLS Lifestyles” is a great resource for bariatric patients that covers many different topics ranging from information on the different weight loss surgeries, to emotional eating topics to exercise. In reviewing the recent issue, I came across an article about comfort eating which is an issue that I think many of our bariatric patients struggle with pre-weight loss surgery and post-weight loss surgery. To summarize the article: If emotional/comfort eating are strategies…

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The Struggle Continues: US CDC Reports Exercise Rates Up, Weight Still a Problem

06/24/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

If you’ve been trying to take control of your weight loss on your own by exercising, but still find that the number on the scale hasn’t changed, you’re not alone—at least, not according to a recent news report from Reuters that discusses the surprising findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control released on June 16: A survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released on Wednesday finds obesity rates were frozen last year at around 28 percent of…

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“Why do I still feel fat when I’ve lost 100 pounds?”

06/23/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

It seems that this is one of the more common questions that bariatric patients ask after weight loss surgery. It certainly is not one of the expected outcomes that patients prepare or wish for. So, it is very troubling for them when they know that they are working the program and are successful in meeting their goals but they just don’t feel it. How can we explain this? Many of you have probably heard of phantom limb pain. That is where people who have had an amputation continue to feel pain…

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We Could All Learn a Little More

06/22/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

I recently started my Marketing/PR position here at Clarian North and was excited to find out I would be working closely with the Bariatric team. First on our list? Get me to the seminars! I wanted to learn more about the whole program, the Medically Supervised Weight Loss program and the different types of Bariatric surgeries. What I found though, was I learned so much more than I planned. Sure, I learned about the process patients go through. I learned about the causes of obesity, the statistics…

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Oh, It Burns!!

06/21/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

If you've ever had acid reflex, commonly known as heartburn, you dread the onset of that discomfort felt right under your breast bone. It can be severe enough to awaken you from sleep and make it impossible to lie flat comfortably. GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is common among overweight individuals and can occur post weight loss surgery as well. Some simple steps can, at times, prevent the onset or recurrence of this noxious and painful condition. The three C's must be avoided in…

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The Buzz over Britain’s Next Top Model

06/19/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

You may have heard the latest buzz over “Britain’s Next Top Model”, a reality show where “anyone” has a chance to be the new buzz in modeling. Well, almost anyone, at least according to one man. Julien Macdonald, a fashion designer and judge of the show, stated that no plus-size woman would ever win because it would be “a joke”. Really, Julien? Why are plus sized models not eligible? Not good enough? A joke? Only because they do not fit into the impossible…

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More Reason to Exercise: Less Sleep Apnea

06/18/2010 | WellnessBariatric & Medical Weight Loss

My friend and colleague Dr. Bill Hilgendorf sent me a link to an interesting study last Friday. It points to something I'd never heard before: that people who suffer from sleep apnea can improve their condition not only by losing weight and dropping their BMI below the obesity level, but also just by exercising. Here's a taste of the findings from this Texas study performed on senior citizens with sleep apnea: Older, cognitively impaired adults saw an improvement in symptoms of sleep apnea…

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