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Recently, I received an email from a man who described his wife's frustration at her weight gain. She had worked very hard at losing weight a few years earlier but had gained it back and more after her physician put her on antidepressant medication for her fibromyalgia. What caused their distress was the doctor's attitude toward her obesity. According to the husband, the doctor saw her as just one more "fat patient" in his office and had neither the time nor the patience to help her regain her formerly thin body. When the woman complained that the medication made her hungry all the time, the doctor responded by saying she ought to exert more self-discipline.
Anyone who is obese has a right to be disturbed and angry when the doctor sees only a "fat patient" instead of someone who needs understanding and help in dealing with the reasons behind the overeating.
Unfortunately, the time to uncover the causes for the obesity and support weight- loss efforts is...
If you have been a normal weight all your life and find yourself gaining weight while on antidepressants, how will you know if or when your medication may make you obese? It is doubtful that your doctor will tell you; he or she usually does not have a scale in the office or a height/weight chart on the wall. The well-known side effect of antidepressant-associated weight gain is often not even mentioned by the prescribing psychotherapist lest it discourage the patient from starting or continuing the medication.
Ideally, preventing the weight gain at the beginning of treatment should be part of the management of the emotional disorder. As we mention in our book, The Serotonin Power Diet , it is not difficult to follow a dietary regimen that eliminates the overeating and cravings most antidepressants cause within weeks of starting treatment. However, in most cases, weight gain is discussed only when the patient brings it up and this may be only after a substantial amount of weight ...
It’s beginning to be that time of year when spring is beginning to show up. While we’re excited to see the trees starting to bud out in parts of the nation, that also means those pesky weight-loss ads encouraging everyone to be swimsuit-ready for summer are right around the corner.
But do you need to drop lots of weight to be healthy? Two recent studies add to the research base supporting the concept that dropping 5-10 percent of your body weight can go a long way in the health department. For a person who weighs 200 pounds, a five-percent weight loss is 10 pounds. A 10-percent loss would be 20 pounds.
One of these studies looked at obstructive sleep apnea, which is considered a chronic progressive disease that increases the risk of cardiovascular issues. A group of participants who were moderately obese and who had mild sleep apnea took part in this six-year study. At the start of the study, participants either received supervision on diet and exercise or only basic...
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