Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday Stories - Shoves, Rush and front page news!

The New York Time's Mark Bittman suggests a shove would do better than a nudge to help change eating habits.

Want your kid to get fit? James Fell wonders if you should buy him a drum set.

Lillian's story leaped from the pages of this blog to make front page news in Nova Scotia!

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  1. Lillian's story made the Victoria, BC newspaper too, which brought me to this site. And I thought a 4 year wait was long! Both provincial and federal governments try to make those of us who are obese feel ashamed yet won't put their money where their mouths are (so to speak) to provide relief to our suffering. More funding is desperately needed.

  2. Anonymous2:42 pm

    Lillian did the medically supervised diets. And look what happened to her. I live in Halifax. I'm obese. I went to get help, and I saw a hospital dietitian and I didn't lose any weight, some weeks I actually gained weight. I know others who had no success with that program. I later did my own research and followed my own plan and now I'm losing weight. I'm healthy, according to blood tests etc. My advice to people around here is see the doctors for diseases that the doctors can treat, but if you want to lose weight stay away from medical "help". For bariatric surgery doctors are great, but if you want to avoid getting to the point where you need surgery, develop your own diet plan, because their medical diet plan is useless or worse. It's like they don't believe people can lose weight by diet and exercise, only by surgery. So the diets they use aren't really weight-loss diets, you are supposed to eat too much to to lose weight because you have to eat a lot to get enough "nutrition". Poppycock. After bariatric surgery you eat almost Nothing, and they can give you supplements to provide enough nutrition. I have been with friends, one getting diet information for diabetes and another getting diet information on kidney disease. The hospital gave information on the biology and chemistry of the diseases and details about exactly what to eat and why what was healthy for most people was bad for them, like for different types of dialysis. Weight loss? - no information session on the disease, no binder of resources and information, no determined plan to make significant changes in symptoms and body chemistry. There is just the attitude that losing weight is hopeless, "success" is merely not gaining any more, and if you really want to do significant changes to diet to lose weight you're "extreme" and "unrealistic". Bah humbug. The only medical help is bariatric surgery, because all the other medical plans are ineffective. If you want to avoid the need for bariatric surgery, forget the medical system and do it yourself, experiment until you find a diet that works. Other than bariatric surgery, the medical weight loss plans are no more effective than commercial plans or TV shows.