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Excess weight, especially abdominal obesity, significantly increases the risk for heart disease. It has been well established that obesity is associated with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Each of these risk factors independently increases the likelihood of developing coronary artery disease and the chance of having a heart attack or stroke. The risk
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana ranks in the top five of states with the highest rates of adult and childhood obesity, according to The State of Obesity. Overweight and obese employees’ average medical costs are more than 50 percent higher than normal-weight employees with an almost 75 percent higher rate of missed work days. Since science
There seems to be a growing trend in U.S. citizens traveling abroad for health care, (Medical Tourism) especially those traveling to Mexico. Before deciding to have weight loss surgery in Mexico because it’s less expensive, consider all of the ramifications that come with traveling to a foreign country to receive health care. Surgical complications, the

Helping Your Kids Develop Healthy Habits

Peek across the playground and you will notice that many children these days are obese. The CDC recently stated that “childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the last 30 years.” Currently, over 18% of children and 21% of adolescents are obese. Unfortunately, obesity in children raises many of

Sneaking in Your Daily Dose of Produce

Are you one of the 10% of Americans eating enough fruits and vegetables each day? According to the CDC, only one in ten Americans are getting the recommended 1.5-2 cups of fruit and 2-3 cups of veggies into their daily diet. Give yourself a pat on the back if you’re getting enough. If not, incorporating

Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

Bariatric surgery can be an excellent a tool to help you lose weight and reduce obesity-related comorbidities. If you’ve considered surgery in the past but waited because you weren’t sure if you qualified, you may be surprised to learn that patients have a wide variety of conditions and specific needs. There is no magic wand

The Benefits of Weight Loss Surgery

It’s no secret that many Americans struggle with obesity and weight loss, so it’s not surprising that the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery reported that over 180,000 people opted for weight loss surgery in 2013. Medical evidence is stacking up in favor of bariatric surgery, too, as news headlines regularly report new studies
Right about now temperatures are reaching scorching new highs. We’re guessing the last thing you want to do is heat up your kitchen to prep healthy, bariatric approved meals. We don’t blame you. Tis the season for outdoor entertaining; what better way to take advantage of hot summer nights than with an all out BBQ?
The “men’s health gap” is a term for the significant difference in health between men and women. Despite improved health overall, men are still dying younger and performing more poorly on many health indicators than their women counterparts. According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease (GBD), men typically live almost 6 years less than
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