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Three things wrong with our diet



3 things wrong with our diet

3 things wrong with our diet

We are not adapted to eating a grain based diet

Agriculture is a relatively recent development having been in existence for only about 10,000 years considered small in evolutionary perspective. As a result, humans have not fully adapted to eating a diet rich in grain based carbohydrate rich foods leading to

Insulin Resistance which affects over two thirds of all adults. This increases unhealthy belly fat leading to increased inflammation.

Lack of Antioxidants

Before the modern food processing era, our diet used to have more than 50 percent unprocessed and uncooked food items such as coloured fruits, vegetables, and other natural ingredients that are high in antioxidants such as polyphenols leading to increased inflammation.

Omega 3 to Omega 6 Ratio

The third thing that leads to increased inflammation is the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids used to be 1:1 but is now at 1:16 which also increases inflammation. Remember, inflammation is the root cause of most human diseases.

Frequently asked questions

  • Are eggs an inflammatory?
  • What food is inflammatory?
  • Is coffee anti inflammatory?
  • Is yogurt an inflammatory food?
  • Are Bananas an anti inflammatory?
  • What can I drink for inflammation?
  • How do I rid my body of inflammation?
  • Do tomatoes cause inflammation in the body?
  • Does anti inflammatory diet help weight loss?
  • What are the 5 classic signs of inflammation?
  • Is apple cider vinegar a natural anti inflammatory?
  • What foods should you avoid that cause inflammation?
  • What is the most effective natural anti inflammatory?
  • What is the best anti inflammatory diet for weight loss?
  • What is the fastest way to reduce inflammation in the body?

Obesity articles

  • abdominal – adj. of or relating to or near the abdomen

– noun the muscles of the abdomen

  • acanthosis nigricans – noun a skin disease characterized by dark wartlike patches in the body folds; can be benign or malignant
  • acromegaly – noun enlargement of bones of hands and feet and face; often accompanied by headache and muscle pain and emotional disturbances; caused by overproduction of growth hormone by the anterior pituitary gland (due to a tumor)
  • activating – adj. causing motion or action or change

– noun the activity of causing to have energy and be active

  • acupuncture – noun treatment of pain or disease by inserting the tips of needles at specific points on the skin
  • addiction – noun (Roman law) a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person (as the award of a debtor to his creditor); a surrender to a master

– an abnormally strong craving

– being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs)

  • adherence – noun faithful support for a religion or cause or political party

– the property of sticking together (as of glue and wood) or the joining of surfaces of different composition

  • adipose tissue – noun a kind of body tissue containing stored fat that serves as a source of energy; it also cushions and insulates vital organs
  • adolescence – noun in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood

– the time period between the beginning of puberty and adulthood

  • aerobic – adj. depending on free oxygen or air

– based on or using the principles of aerobics; enhancing respiratory and circulatory efficiency

  • aids – noun a serious (often fatal) disease of the immune system transmitted through blood products especially by sexual contact or contaminated needles
  • alteration – noun the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

– the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

– an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

  • amenorrhea – noun absence or suppression of normal menstrual flow
  • amitriptyline – noun a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Elavil) with serious side effects; interacts with many other medications
  • anorexia nervosa – noun (psychiatry) a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciated
  • aspirin – noun the acetylated derivative of salicylic acid; used as an analgesic anti inflammatory drug (trade names Bayer and Empirin) usually taken in tablet form; used as an antipyretic; slows clotting of the blood by poisoning platelets
  • assessment – noun the market value set on assets

– an amount determined as payable

– the act of judging or assessing a person or situation or event

– the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth

  • asthma – noun respiratory disorder characterized by wheezing; usually of allergic origin
  • atenolol – noun an oral beta blocker (trade name Tenormin) used in treating hypertension and angina; has adverse side effects (depression and exacerbation of congestive heart failure etc.)
  • audience – noun a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance

– the part of the general public interested in a source of information or entertainment

– a conference (usually with someone important)

– an opportunity to state your case and be heard

  • australian – adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Australia or its inhabitants

– noun the Austronesian languages spoken by Australian aborigines

– a native or inhabitant of Australia

  • banding – noun an adornment consisting of a strip of a contrasting color or material

– a stripe or stripes of contrasting color

  • bat – noun (baseball) a turn trying to get a hit

– nocturnal mouselike mammal with forelimbs modified to form membranous wings and anatomical adaptations for echolocation by which they navigate

– a club used for hitting a ball in various games

– the club used in playing cricket

– a small racket with a long handle used for playing squash

– verb wink briefly

– strike with, or as if with a baseball bat

– use a bat

– have a turn at bat

– beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

  • behavior therapy – noun psychotherapy that seeks to extinguish or inhibit abnormal or maladaptive behavior by reinforcing desired behavior and extinguishing undesired behavior
  • bitter orange – noun highly acidic orange used especially in marmalade

– any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruit; used as grafting stock

  • blood pressure – noun the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels; results from the systole of the left ventricle of the heart; sometimes measured for a quick evaluation of a person’s health
  • body weight – noun the weight of a person’s body
  • bone – adj. consisting of or made up of bone

– noun a shade of white the color of bleached bones

– rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates

– the porous calcified substance from which bones are made

– verb remove the bones from

– study intensively, as before an exam

  • bypass – noun a road that takes traffic around the edge of a town

– a surgically created shunt (usually around a damaged part)

– a conductor having low resistance in parallel with another device to divert a fraction of the current

– verb avoid something unpleasant or laborious

  • caffeine – noun a bitter alkaloid found in coffee and tea that is responsible for their stimulating effects
  • capsaicin – noun colorless pungent crystalline compound derived from capsicum; source of the hotness of hot peppers of the genus Capsicum such as chili and cayenne and jalapeno
  • captopril – noun a drug (trade name Capoten) that blocks the formation of angiotensin in the kidneys resulting in vasodilation; used in the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure
  • cardiovascular system – noun the organs and tissues involved in circulating blood and lymph through the body
  • carpenter – noun a woodworker who makes or repairs wooden objects

– verb work as a carpenter

  • cart – noun a heavy open wagon usually having two wheels and drawn by an animal

– wheeled vehicle that can be pushed by a person; may have one or two or four wheels

– verb transport something in a cart

– draw slowly or heavily

  • cellulite – noun lumpy deposits of body fat especially on women’s thighs etc.
  • chart – noun a map designed to assist navigation by air or sea

– a visual display of information

– verb plan in detail

– make a chart of

– represent by means of a graph

  • chili pepper – noun very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency

– plant bearing very hot and finely tapering long peppers; usually red

  • cholesterol – noun an animal sterol that is normally synthesized by the liver; the most abundant steroid in animal tissues
  • citrus aurantium – noun any of various common orange trees yielding sour or bitter fruit; used as grafting stock
  • classification – noun restriction imposed by the government on documents or weapons that are available only to certain authorized people

– the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories

– a group of people or things arranged by class or category

– the act of distributing things into classes or categories of the same type

  • clonidine – noun an antihypertensive (trade name Catapres) that can be administered orally or via transdermal patches
  • clozapine – noun an antipsychotic drug (trade name Clozaril) used as a sedative and for treatment resistant schizophrenia; know to have few side effects
  • communication – noun something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups

– the activity of communicating; the activity of conveying information

– a connection allowing access between persons or places

– the act of submitting; usually surrendering power to another

– acting according to certain accepted standards

– a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others

  • conceptualization – noun inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally

– an elaborated concept

  • control – noun the activity of managing or exerting control over something

– (physiology) regulation or maintenance of a function or action or reflex etc

– a mechanism that controls the operation of a machine

– power to direct or determine

– the economic policy of controlling or limiting or curbing prices or wages etc.

– a spiritual agency that is assumed to assist the medium during a seance

– a relation of constraint of one entity (thing or person or group) by another

– discipline in personal and social activities

– great skillfulness and knowledge of some subject or activity

– a standard against which other conditions can be compared in a scientific experiment

– the state that exists when one person or group has power over another

– verb verify by using a duplicate register for comparison

– exercise authoritative control or power over

– lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

– verify or regulate by conducting a parallel experiment or comparing with another standard, of scientific experiments

– have a firm understanding or knowledge of; be on top of

– be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something

– handle and cause to function

– control (others or oneself) or influence skillfully, usually to one’s advantage

  • cortisol – noun an adrenal cortex hormone (trade names Hydrocortone or Cortef) that is active in carbohydrate and protein metabolism
  • counseling – noun something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  • culture – noun the raising of plants or animals

– (biology) the growing of microorganisms in a nutrient medium (such as gelatin or agar)

– the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group

– the attitudes and behavior that are characteristic of a particular social group or organization

– a particular society at a particular time and place

– all the knowledge and values shared by a society

– a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

  • cushing – noun United States neurologist noted for his study of the brain and pituitary gland and who identified Cushing’s syndrome (1869 1939)
  • cycling – noun the sport of traveling on a bicycle or motorcycle
  • cyproheptadine – noun an antihistamine (trade name Periactin) used to treat some allergic reactions
  • dawn – noun the earliest period

– the first light of day

– an opening time period

– verb become light

– appear or develop

– become clear or enter one’s consciousness or emotions

– music

  • deficiency – noun lack of an adequate quantity or number

– the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

  • defined – adj. clearly characterized or delimited

– clearly defined

– showing clearly the outline or profile or boundary

  • deposition – noun the act of deposing someone; removing a powerful person from a position or office

– (law) a pretrial interrogation of a witness; usually conducted in a lawyer’s office

– the natural process of laying down a deposit of something

– the act of putting something somewhere

– sad feelings of gloom and inadequacy

– angular distance below the horizon (especially of a celestial object)

– a concavity in a surface produced by pressing

– a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity

– a long term economic state characterized by unemployment and low prices and low levels of trade and investment

– a period during the 1930s when there was a worldwide economic depression and mass unemployment

– a sunken or depressed geological formation

– a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention

– an air mass of lower pressure; often brings precipitation

  • diabetes – noun any of several metabolic disorders marked by excessive urination and persistent thirst
  • diagnosis – noun identifying the nature or cause of some phenomenon
  • diet – noun the act of restricting your food intake (or your intake of particular foods)

– the usual food and drink consumed by an organism (person or animal)

– a prescribed selection of foods

– a legislative assembly in certain countries (e.g., Japan)

– verb eat sparingly, for health reasons or to lose weight

– follow a regimen or a diet, as for health reasons

  • diphenhydramine – noun antihistamine (trade name Benadryl) used to treat allergic reactions involving the nasal passages (hay fever) and also to treat motion sickness
  • dopamine – noun a monoamine neurotransmitter found in the brain and essential for the normal functioning of the central nervous system; as a drug (trade names Dopastat and Intropin) it is used to treat shock and hypotension
  • ds – noun an honorary degree in science

– the bureau in the State Department that is responsible for the security of diplomats and embassies overseas

– a radioactive transuranic element

  • duration – noun continuance in time

– the property of enduring or continuing in time

– the period of time during which something continues

  • dysphoria – noun abnormal depression and discontent
  • efficacy – noun capacity or power to produce a desired effect
  • elavil – noun a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Elavil) with serious side effects; interacts with many other medications
  • elevated – adj. raised above the ground

– raised above ground level; on elevated rails

– noun a railway that is powered by electricity and that runs on a track that is raised above the street level

  • ephedra – noun jointed and nearly leafless desert shrub having reduced scalelike leaves and reddish fleshy seeds
  • ephedrine – noun white odorless powdered or crystalline alkaloid from plants of the genus Ephedra (especially Ephedra sinica) or made synthetically; used as a bronchodilator to treat bronchitis and asthma
  • epidemiology – noun the branch of medical science dealing with the transmission and control of disease
  • epinephrine – noun a catecholamine secreted by the adrenal medulla in response to stress (trade name Adrenalin); stimulates autonomic nerve action
  • equipment – noun an instrumentality needed for an undertaking or to perform a service
  • estrogen – noun a general term for female steroid sex hormones that are secreted by the ovary and responsible for typical female sexual characteristics
  • ethnic – adj. not acknowledging the God of Christianity and Judaism and Islam

– denoting or deriving from or distinctive of the ways of living built up by a group of people

– noun a person who is a member of an ethnic group

  • ethnicity – noun an ethnic quality or affiliation resulting from racial or cultural ties
  • evaluation – noun act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of

– an appraisal of the value of something

  • excess – adj. more than is needed, desired, or required

– noun immoderation as a consequence of going beyond sufficient or permitted limits

– a quantity much larger than is needed

– excessive indulgence

– the state of being more than full

  • exercise – noun the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit

– a task performed or problem solved in order to develop skill or understanding

– systematic training by multiple repetitions

– (usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches

– the act of using

– verb do physical exercise

– give a workout to

– learn by repetition

– put to use

– carry out or practice; as of jobs and professions

  • fat metabolism – noun a metabolic process that breaks down ingested fats into fatty acids and glycerol and then into simpler compounds that can be used by cells of the body
  • fiber – noun a leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth

– a slender and greatly elongated solid substance

– the inherent complex of attributes that determine a persons moral and ethical actions and reactions

  • fluoxetine – noun a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor commonly prescribed as an antidepressant (trade name Prozac)
  • frequency – noun the number of observations in a given statistical category

– the ratio of the number of observations in a statistical category to the total number of observations

– the number of occurrences within a given time period

  • furosemide – noun commonly used diuretic (trade name Lasix) used to treat hypertension and edema
  • gaba – noun an amino acid that is found in the central nervous system; acts as an inhibitory neurotransmitter
  • gain – noun the amount by which the revenue of a business exceeds its cost of operating

– the amount of increase in signal power or voltage or current expressed as the ratio of output to input

– the advantageous quality of being beneficial

– a quantity that is added

– verb increase (one’s body weight)

– increase in

– obtain advantages, such as points, etc.

– earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

– rise in rate or price

– reach a destination, either real or abstract

– win something through one’s efforts

– derive a benefit from

– obtain

  • gallbladder – noun a muscular sac attached to the liver that secretes bile and stores it until needed for digestion
  • garcinia cambogia – noun low spreading tree of Indonesia yielding an orange to brown gum resin (gamboge) used as a pigment when powdered
  • ghrelin – noun a hormone produced by stomach cells
  • glucophage – noun an antidiabetic drug (trade name Glucophage) prescribed to treat type II diabetes
  • growth hormone – noun a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland; promotes growth in humans
  • guar gum – noun a gum from seeds of the guar plant; used to thicken foods and as sizing for paper and cloth
  • hcg – noun hormone produced early in pregnancy by the placenta; detection in the urine and serum is the basis for one kind of pregnancy test
  • hdl – noun a lipoprotein that transports cholesterol in the blood; composed of a high proportion of protein and relatively little cholesterol; high levels are thought to be associated with decreased risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis
  • hematopoiesis – noun the formation of blood cells in the living body (especially in the bone marrow)
  • herbal – adj. of or relating to herbs

– noun tea like drink made of leaves of various herbs

  • history – noun the discipline that records and interprets past events involving human beings

– all that is remembered of the past as preserved in writing; a body of knowledge

– a record or narrative description of past events

– the aggregate of past events

– the continuum of events occurring in succession leading from the past to the present and even into the future

  • hiv – noun infection by the human immunodeficiency virus

– the virus that causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); it replicates in and kills the helper T cells

– the condition of being treated as a patient in a hospital

– a period of time when you are confined to a hospital

– insurance that pays all or part of a patient’s hospital expense

  • human chorionic gonadotropin – noun hormone produced early in pregnancy by the placenta; detection in the urine and serum is the basis for one kind of pregnancy test
  • hydrocephalus – noun an abnormal condition in which cerebrospinal fluid collects in the ventricles of the brain; in infants it can cause abnormally rapid growth of the head and bulging fontanelles and a small face; in adults the symptoms are primarily neurological
  • hypertension – noun a common disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater)
  • hypnosis – noun a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion
  • hypothyroidism – noun an underactive thyroid gland; a glandular disorder resulting from insufficient production of thyroid hormones
  • identification – noun the attribution to yourself (consciously or unconsciously) of the characteristics of another person (or group of persons)

– evidence of identity; something that identifies a person or thing

– the condition of having your identity established

– the act of designating or identifying something

– the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering

  • impaired – adj. diminished in strength, quality, or utility

– mentally or physically unfit

  • increased – adj. made greater in size or amount or degree

– music

  • influence – noun causing something without any direct or apparent effort

– a power to affect persons or events especially power based on prestige etc

– a cognitive factor that tends to have an effect on what you do

– one having power to influence another

– the effect of one thing (or person) on another

– verb have and exert influence or effect

– shape or influence; give direction to

– induce into action by using one’s charm

  • insulin – noun hormone secreted by the isles of Langerhans in the pancreas; regulates storage of glycogen in the liver and accelerates oxidation of sugar in cells
  • intensity – noun high level or degree; the property of being intense

– the amount of energy transmitted (as by acoustic or electromagnetic radiation)

– chromatic purity: freedom from dilution with white and hence vivid in hue

– the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

  • intervention – noun (law) a proceeding that permits a person to enter into a lawsuit already in progress; admission of person not an original party to the suit so that person can protect some right or interest that is allegedly affected by the proceedings

– the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute)

– a policy of intervening in the affairs of other countries

  • jak – noun immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted
  • jib – noun any triangular fore and aft sail (set forward of the foremast)

– verb shift from one side of the ship to the other

– refuse to comply

  • jogging – noun running at a jog trot as a form of cardiopulmonary exercise
  • ldl – noun a lipoprotein that transports cholesterol in the blood; composed of moderate amount of protein and a large amount of cholesterol; high levels are thought to be associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease and atherosclerosis
  • ldl cholesterol – noun the cholesterol in low density lipoproteins; the `bad’ cholesterol; a high level in the blood is thought to be related to various pathogenic conditions
  • learning – noun the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

– profound scholarly knowledge

  • lengthening – noun the act of prolonging something
  • lh – noun a gonadotropic hormone that is secreted by the anterior pituitary; stimulates ovulation in female mammals and stimulates androgen release in male mammals
  • lithium – noun a soft silver white univalent element of the alkali metal group; the lightest metal known; occurs in several minerals
  • long term – adj. relating to or extending over a relatively long time
  • loss – noun the act of losing

– the disadvantage that results from losing something

– the experience of losing a loved one

– the amount by which the cost of a business exceeds its revenue

– something that is lost

– gradual decline in amount or activity

– euphemistic expressions for death

– military personnel lost by death or capture

  • luteinizing hormone – noun a gonadotropic hormone that is secreted by the anterior pituitary; stimulates ovulation in female mammals and stimulates androgen release in male mammals
  • mammography – noun a diagnostic procedure to detect breast tumors by the use of X rays
  • management – noun the act of managing something

– those in charge of running a business

  • measurement – noun the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  • measuring – noun the act or process of assigning numbers to phenomena according to a rule
  • medication – noun the act of treating with medicines or remedies

– (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

  • megestrol acetate – noun a synthetic progestational compound used to treat endometrial carcinoma
  • men – noun the force of workers available
  • menopause – noun the time in a woman’s life in which the menstrual cycle ends
  • metabolism – noun the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life

– the marked and rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some animals

  • metformin – noun an antidiabetic drug (trade name Glucophage) prescribed to treat type II diabetes
  • methamphetamine – noun an amphetamine derivative (trade name Methedrine) used in the form of a crystalline hydrochloride; used as a stimulant to the nervous system and as an appetite suppressant
  • milk – noun produced by mammary glands of female mammals for feeding their young

– a white nutritious liquid secreted by mammals and used as food by human beings

– any of several nutritive milklike liquids

– a river that rises in the Rockies in northwestern Montana and flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River

– verb take milk from female mammals

– add milk to

– exploit as much as possible

  • minority – noun being or relating to the smaller in number of two parts

– a group of people who differ racially or politically from a larger group of which it is a part

– any age prior to the legal age

  • modification – noun slightly modified copy; not an exact copy

– the grammatical relation that exists when a word qualifies the meaning of the phrase

– the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

– an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another

  • morbidity – noun an abnormally gloomy or unhealthy state of mind

– the relative incidence of a particular disease

– the quality of being unhealthful and generally bad for you

  • mortality – noun the quality or state of being mortal

– the ratio of deaths in an area to the population of that area; expressed per 1000 per year

  • motivation – noun the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

– the act of motivating; providing incentive

– the condition of being motivated

  • msh – noun a hormone secreted by the anterior pituitary gland that controls the degree of pigmentation in melanocytes
  • naloxone – noun a potent narcotic antagonist (trade name Narcan) especially effective with morphine
  • naltrexone – noun an oral antagonist against the action of opiates
  • natural history – noun the scientific study of plants or animals (more observational than experimental) usually published in popular magazines rather than in academic journals
  • neat – adj. without water

– free from what is tawdry or unbecoming

– clean or orderly

– showing care in execution

– free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed

– very good

  • need – noun anything that is necessary but lacking

– a condition requiring relief

– the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior

– a state of extreme poverty or destitution

– verb have or feel a need for

– have need of

– require as useful, just, or proper

  • neuroendocrine – adj. of or relating to the nervous and endocrine systems (especially as they function together)
  • new zealand – noun North Island and South Island and adjacent small islands in the South Pacific

– an independent country within the British Commonwealth; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1907; known for sheep and spectacular scenery

  • nicotinic acid – noun a B vitamin essential for the normal function of the nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract
  • nifedipine – noun calcium blocker (trade name Procardia); appears to increase the risk of recurrent heart attacks
  • noradrenaline – noun a catecholamine precursor of epinephrine that is secreted by the adrenal medulla and also released at synapses
  • norepinephrine – noun a catecholamine precursor of epinephrine that is secreted by the adrenal medulla and also released at synapses
  • nutrition – noun the scientific study of food and drink (especially in humans)

– (physiology) the organic process of nourishing or being nourished; the processes by which an organism assimilates food and uses it for growth and maintenance

– a source of materials to nourish the body

  • obesity – noun more than average fatness
  • osteoporosis – noun abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women
  • overeating – noun eating to excess (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  • overweight – adj. usually describes a large person who is fat but has a large frame to carry it

– noun the property of excessive fatness

  • parotid gland – noun a large salivary gland that produces 50% of daytime saliva; in human beings it is located in front of and below each ear

– knowledge gained by perceiving

– a way of conceiving something

– becoming aware of something via the senses

– the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

  • periactin – noun an antihistamine (trade name Periactin) used to treat some allergic reactions
  • pharmacokinetics – noun the study of the action of drugs in the body: method and rate of excretion; duration of effect; etc.
  • pharmacology – noun the science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effects
  • phenobarbital – noun a long acting barbiturate used as a sedative
  • phenylpropanolamine – noun an adrenergic drug used in many preparations to relieve allergic reactions or respiratory infections
  • phenytoin – noun an anticonvulsant drug (trade name Dilantin) used to treat epilepsy and that is not a sedative
  • physical fitness – noun good physical condition; being in shape or in condition
  • physiology – noun processes and functions of an organism

– the branch of the biological sciences dealing with the functioning of organisms

  • power – noun possession of controlling influence

– one possessing or exercising power or influence or authority

– (physics) the rate of doing work; measured in watts (= joules/second)

– physical strength

– possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

– a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself

– a state powerful enough to influence events throughout the world

– a very wealthy or powerful businessman

– (of a government or government official) holding an office means being in power

– verb supply the force or power for the functioning of

  • pregnancy – noun the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus
  • problem solving – noun the thought processes involved in solving a problem

– the area of cognitive psychology that studies the processes involved in solving problems

  • progesterone – noun a steroid hormone (trade name Lipo Lutin) produced in the ovary; prepares and maintains the uterus for pregnancy

– favoring or promoting reform (often by government action)

– favoring or promoting progress

– (of taxes) adjusted so that the rate increases as the amount of income increases

– gradually advancing in extent

– noun a tense of verbs used in describing action that is on going

– a person who favors a political philosophy of progress and reform and the protection of civil liberties

  • prostate specific antigen – noun a protein manufactured exclusively by the prostate gland; PSA is produced for the ejaculate where it liquifies the semen and allows sperm cells to swim freely; elevated levels of PSA in blood serum are associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer
  • psa – noun a protein manufactured exclusively by the prostate gland; PSA is produced for the ejaculate where it liquifies the semen and allows sperm cells to swim freely; elevated levels of PSA in blood serum are associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer
  • psychotherapy – noun the treatment of mental or emotional problems by psychological means

– the branch of psychiatry concerned with psychological methods

  • pyramid – noun a massive monument with a square base and four triangular sides; begun by Cheops around 2700 BC as royal tombs in ancient Egypt

– (stock market) a series of transactions in which the speculator increases his holdings by using the rising market value of those holdings as margin for further purchases

– a polyhedron having a polygonal base and triangular sides with a common vertex

– verb increase rapidly and progressively step by step on a broad base

– arrange or build up as if on the base of a pyramid

– use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal

– enlarge one’s holdings on an exchange on a continued rise by using paper profits as margin to buy additional amounts

  • quality of life – noun your personal satisfaction (or dissatisfaction) with the cultural or intellectual conditions under which you live (as distinct from material comfort)
  • race – noun a contest of speed

– any competition

– people who are believed to belong to the same genetic stock

– a canal for a current of water

– (biology) a taxonomic group that is a division of a species; usually arises as a consequence of geographical isolation within a species

– the flow of air that is driven backwards by an aircraft propeller

– verb compete in a race

– cause to move fast or to rush or race

– to work as fast as possible towards a goal, sometimes in competition with others

– step on it

  • rapport – noun a relationship of mutual understanding or trust and agreement between people
  • receptor – noun a cellular structure that is postulated to exist in order to mediate between a chemical agent that acts on nervous tissue and the physiological response

– an organ having nerve endings (in the skin or viscera or eye or ear or nose or mouth) that respond to stimulation

  • reduction – noun the act of reducing complexity

– any process in which electrons are added to an atom or ion (as by removing oxygen or adding hydrogen); always occurs accompanied by oxidation of the reducing agent

– the act of decreasing or reducing something

  • regain – verb get or find back; recover the use of

– come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost

  • regular – adj. in accord with regular practice or procedure

– relating to a person who does something regularly

– officially full time

– not deviating from what is normal

– in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle

– (of solids) having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume can be determined with a suitable geometric formula

– (used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by legitimate army forces

– conforming to a standard or pattern

– regularly scheduled for fixed times

– often used as intensifiers

– not constipated

– occurring at fixed intervals

– symmetrically arranged

– noun a garment size for persons of average height and weight

– a regular patron

– a dependable follower (especially in party politics)

– a soldier in the regular army

  • report – noun a short account of the news

– the act of informing by verbal report

– a written document describing the findings of some individual or group

– a sharp explosive sound (especially the sound of a gun firing)

– the general estimation that the public has for a person

– an essay (especially one written as an assignment)

– a written evaluation of a student’s scholarship and deportment

– verb to give an account or representation of in words

– make known to the authorities

– complain about; make a charge against

– announce one’s presence

– announce as the result of an investigation, or announce something to the proper authorities

– be responsible for reporting the details of, as in journalism

  • reproduction – noun the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring

– the act of making copies

– recall that is hypothesized to work by storing the original stimulus input and reproducing it during recall

– the process of generating offspring

– copy that is not the original; something that has been copied

  • resistance – noun the action of opposing something that you disapprove or disagree with

– the military action of resisting the enemy’s advance

– group action in opposition to those in power

– (psychiatry) an unwillingness to bring repressed feelings into conscious awareness

– the degree of unresponsiveness of a disease causing microorganism to antibiotics or other drugs (as in penicillin resistant bacteria)

– any mechanical force that tends to retard or oppose motion

– an electrical device that resists the flow of electrical current

– a secret group organized to overthrow a government or occupation force

– a material’s opposition to the flow of electric current; measured in ohms

– (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease

  • russell – noun English philosopher and mathematician who collaborated with Whitehead (1872 1970)

– Irish writer whose pen name was A.E. (1867 1935)

– United States astronomer who developed a theory of stellar evolution (1877 1957)

– United States entertainer remembered for her roles in comic operas (1861 1922)

– United States basketball center (born in 1934)

– English film director (born in 1927)

– United States religious leader who founded the sect that is now called Jehovah’s Witnesses (1852 1916)

  • s – noun the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet

– (thermodynamics) a thermodynamic quantity representing the amount of energy in a system that is no longer available for doing mechanical work

– a unit of conductance equal to the reciprocal of an ohm

– the cardinal compass point that is at 180 degrees

– an abundant tasteless odorless multivalent nonmetallic element; best known in yellow crystals; occurs in many sulphide and sulphate minerals and even in native form (especially in volcanic regions)

– 1/60 of a minute; the basic unit of time adopted under the Systeme International d’Unites

  • sad – adj. experiencing or showing sorrow or unhappiness

– of things that make you feel sad

– bad; unfortunate

  • safety – noun a score in American football; a player is tackled behind his own goal line

– a safe place

– the state of being certain that adverse effects will not be caused by some agent under defined conditions

– (baseball) the successful act of striking a baseball in such a way that the batter reaches base safely

– contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse

– a device designed to prevent injury

  • satiety – noun the state of being satisfactorily full and unable to take on more
  • seaweed – noun plant growing in the sea, especially marine algae
  • self help – noun the act of helping or improving yourself without relying on anyone else
  • serotonin – noun a neurotransmitter involved in e.g. sleep and depression and memory
  • sertraline – noun a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor commonly prescribed as an antidepressant (trade name Zoloft)
  • sexual abuse – noun a statutory offense that provides that it is a crime to knowingly cause another person to engage in an unwanted sexual act by force or threat
  • short term – adj. relating to or extending over a limited period
  • smoking – adj. emitting smoke in great volume

– noun the act of smoking tobacco or other substances

– a hot vapor containing fine particles of carbon being produced by combustion

  • snoring – adj. breathing during sleep with harsh noises caused by vibration of the uvula or soft palate

– noun the act of snoring or producing a snoring sound

  • sos – noun an internationally recognized distress signal in radio code
  • spironolactone – noun a synthetic corticosteroid (trade name Aldactone) used to treat hypertension
  • ssri – noun an antidepressant drug that acts by blocking the reuptake of serotonin so that more serotonin is available to act on receptors in the brain
  • stability – noun the quality or attribute of being firm and steadfast

– a stable order

– the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation

  • step – noun the act of changing location by raising the foot and setting it down

– support consisting of a place to rest the foot while ascending or descending a stairway

– a solid block joined to the beams in which the heel of a ship’s mast or capstan is fixed

– a short distance

– any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal

– a sequence of foot movements that make up a particular dance

– a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface

– a musical interval of two semitones

– the sound of a step of someone walking

– the distance covered by a step

– relative position in a graded series

– verb move or proceed as if by steps into a new situation

– place (a ship’s mast) in its step

– shift or move by taking a step

– put down or press the foot, place the foot

– walk a short distance to a specified place or in a specified manner

– move with one’s feet in a specific manner

– furnish with steps

– cause (a computer) to execute a single command

– measure (distances) by pacing

– treat badly

  • stigma – noun a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease

– an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod

– the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil

– a symbol of disgrace or infamy

  • stimulating – adj. rousing or quickening activity or the senses

– making lively and cheerful

– that stimulates

  • strengthening – noun the act of increasing the strength of something

– becoming stronger

  • stroke – noun a light touch with the hands

– a single complete movement

– (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand

– any one of the repeated movements of the limbs and body used for locomotion in swimming or rowing

– a mark made by a writing implement (as in cursive writing)

– a light touch

– the oarsman nearest the stern of the shell who sets the pace for the rest of the crew

– a sudden loss of consciousness resulting when the rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel leads to oxygen lack in the brain

– a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information

– the maximum movement available to a pivoted or reciprocating piece by a cam

– verb treat gingerly or carefully

– strike a ball with a smooth blow

– row at a particular rate

– touch lightly and with affection, with brushing motions

  • supervised – adj. under observation or under the direction of a superintendent or overseer
  • support – noun a military operation (often involving new supplies of men and materiel) to strengthen a military force or aid in the performance of its mission

– the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening

– aiding the cause or policy or interests of

– the activity of providing for or maintaining by supplying with money or necessities

– any device that bears the weight of another thing

– supporting structure that holds up or provides a foundation

– something providing immaterial assistance to a person or cause or interest

– the financial means whereby one lives

– financial resources provided to make some project possible

– documentary validation

– a subordinate musical part; provides background for more important parts

– verb play a subordinate role to (another performer)

– support materially or financially

– give moral or psychological support, aid, or courage to

– establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts

– put up with something or somebody unpleasant

– adopt as a belief

– argue or speak in defense of

– be a regular customer or client of

– be the physical support of; carry the weight of

– be behind; approve of

– support with evidence or authority or make more certain or confirm

  • surgery – noun a room where a doctor or dentist can be consulted

– the branch of medical science that treats disease or injury by operative procedures

– a medical procedure involving an incision with instruments; performed to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body

– a room in a hospital equipped for the performance of surgical operations

  • sweet clover – noun erect annual or biennial plant grown extensively especially for hay and soil improvement
  • swelling – noun abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement

– the swelling of certain substances when they are heated (often accompanied by release of water)

  • sympathetic nervous system – noun originates in the thoracic regions of the spinal cord; opposes physiological effects of the parasympathetic: reduces digestive secretions; speeds the heart; contracts blood vessels
  • tachycardia – noun abnormally rapid heartbeat (over 100 beats per minute)
  • television – noun a telecommunication system that transmits images of objects (stationary or moving) between distant points

– broadcasting visual images of stationary or moving objects

– an electronic device that receives television signals and displays them on a screen

  • terazosin – noun antihypertensive drug (trade name Hytrin) used to treat high blood pressure
  • testosterone – noun a potent androgenic hormone produced chiefly by the testes; responsible for the development of male secondary sex characteristics
  • theophylline – noun a colorless crystalline alkaloid derived from tea leaves or made synthetically; used in medicine as a bronchial dilator
  • thioridazine – noun a tranquilizer (trade name Mellaril) used to treat schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
  • thyroid hormone – noun any of several closely related compounds that are produced by the thyroid gland and are active metabolically
  • tlc – noun considerate and solicitous care
  • tops – adj. of the highest quality
  • toxicity – noun the degree to which something is poisonous

– grave harmfulness or deadliness

  • treatment – noun care by procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury

– the management of someone or something

– a manner of dealing with something artistically

– an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic

  • tsh – noun anterior pituitary hormone that stimulates the function of the thyroid gland
  • type – noun a small metal block bearing a raised character on one end; produces a printed character when inked and pressed on paper

– a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

– all of the tokens of the same symbol

– printed characters

– (biology) the taxonomic group whose characteristics are used to define the next higher taxon

– a person of a specified kind (usually with many eccentricities)

– verb identify as belonging to a certain type

– write by means of a keyboard with types

  • u – adj. (chiefly British) of or appropriate to the upper classes especially in language use

– noun the 21st letter of the Roman alphabet

– a heavy toxic silvery white radioactive metallic element; occurs in many isotopes; used for nuclear fuels and nuclear weapons

– a base containing nitrogen that is found in RNA (but not in DNA) and derived from pyrimidine; pairs with adenine

  • ultrasound – noun very high frequency sound; used in ultrasonography

– using the reflections of high frequency sound waves to construct an image of a body organ (a sonogram); commonly used to observe fetal growth or study bodily organs

  • wages – noun a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
  • walking – adj. close enough to be walked to

– noun the act of traveling by foot

  • weight – noun an artifact that is heavy

– sports equipment used in calisthenic exercises and weightlifting; it is not attached to anything and is raised and lowered by use of the hands and arms

– the vertical force exerted by a mass as a result of gravity

– the relative importance granted to something

– an oppressive feeling of heavy force

– (statistics) a coefficient assigned to elements of a frequency distribution in order to represent their relative importance

– a unit used to measure weight

– a system of units used to express the weight of something

– verb present with a bias

– weight down with a load

  • willpower – noun the trait of resolutely controlling your own behavior

Weight loss programs

As the obesity epidemic continues to affect populations across the globe, with some countries affected more than others such as the United States, losing weight is a priority for many. In this W8MD article, we will review various weight loss programs and the evidence behind them.

W8MD's insurance weight loss

W8MD’s insurance weight loss

At its core, any weight loss program should have a way to help a person take in less calories than they are burning. Some programs focus on the diet, for which there is large scale evidence based scientific support, while others focus on exercise.

Why exercise alone is useless for weight loss?

Although it was traditionally believed that exercise is a very important part of losing weight, recent large scale studies have shown that exercise is not as useful as they originally thought – see why exercise is pretty useless on its own. However, exercise does play a supportive role in addition to a reduced calorie diet and should be used in conjunction with any diet whenever possible.

Roughly, exercise plays about 20% role while diet plays about 80%, according to the author – Prab R. Tumpati, MD, founder of W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & Medical Aesthetics.

What are different weight loss programs?

Weight loss programs can be classified based on what approach they take to losing weight.

Physician supervised weight loss programs

  • Medical weight loss programs
    • Medication based weight loss programs
    • Supplement based weight loss programs
    • Meal replacement Very Low Calorie Diets
    • Combination of the above comprehensive programs
  • Surgical weight loss programs
    • Gastric sleeve
    • Gastric bypass
    • Balloon implants
    • Gastric band or lap band
W8MD weight loss team

W8MD weight loss team

Non-physician supervised weight loss programs

  • Diet based weight loss programs
  • Exercise based weight loss programs
  • Fad diets or unhealthy weight loss programs
  • Meal replacement based weight loss programs
  • Low fat diet based weight loss programs
  • Low carbobydrate diet based weight loss programs

With over 20,000 diet plans, it is almost impossible for an average person to judge which diet to choose.

Recently, US News and World News started ranking the non-physician diet plans based on surveys and expert opinion and here are the top diets as of 2019. Here are the Top Non Physician Diets – US News and World Report as of 2019.

Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success stories


WW (Weight Watchers) Diet
#1 in Best Weight-Loss Diets

Volumetrics Diet
#2 in Best Weight-Loss Diets

The Flexitarian Diet

#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Jenny Craig Diet

#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Vegan Diet
#3 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

The Engine 2 Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Ornish Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Raw Food Diet
#6 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

HMR Program
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Mayo Clinic Diet
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

SlimFast Diet
#9 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Keto Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nutrisystem Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Optavia Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Vegetarian Diet
#12 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Atkins Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Biggest Loser Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Eco-Atkins Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Mediterranean Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nutritarian Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

South Beach Diet
#17 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Spark Solution Diet
#23 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

TLC Diet
#23 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Flat Belly Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Nordic Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Zone Diet
#26 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

Macrobiotic Diet
#29 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

#29 in Best Weight-Loss Diets (tie)

With so many diets, how do you choose the right diet for you?

The simplest answer is – you don’t. Let a trained professional such as an obesity medicine physician that understands your unique situation, cause of weight gain in your case, your family history, diet, and medical history so they can customize a weight loss plan that works best for you.

Here are some tips on how to choose the right weight loss program for you. Ask these questions.

Before your visit with a health care professional, think about the following questions:

  • How can I change my eating habits so I can be healthier and reach a healthy weight?
  • How much and what type of physical activity do I think I need to be healthier and reach a healthy weight?
  • Could I benefit from seeing a nutrition professional or weight-loss specialist, or joining a weight-loss program?

You can be better prepared for a visit with a health care professional if you

  • write down all of your questions ahead of time
  • record all of the medicines and dietary supplements  you take, or bring them with you
  • write down the types of diets or programs you have tried in the past to lose weight
  • bring a pen and paper, smartphone, or other mobile device to read your questions and take notes

During your visit, a health care professional may

  • review any medical problems you have and medicines you take to see whether they may be affecting your weight or your ability to lose weight
  • ask you about your eating, drinking, and physical activity habits
  • determine your body mass index (BMI) to see whether you’re overweight or have obesity

People who are overweight have a BMI between 25.0 and 29.9. People with obesity have a BMI of 30.0 or higher, and those with extreme obesity have a BMI of 40.0 or higher.

Medical aesthetics

Medical aesthetics

Questions to ask a health care professional

You may want to ask a health care professional the following questions:

  • What is a healthy weight or BMI for me?
  • Will losing weight improve my general health, as well as specific health problems I have?
  • Could any of my medical conditions or medications be causing weight gain or making it harder for me to lose weight?
  • Are there any types or amounts of physical activity I should not do because of my health?
  • What dietary approaches do you recommend I try or avoid?

What should I look for in a weight-loss program?

To reach and stay at a healthy weight over the long term, you must focus on your overall health and lifestyle habits, not just on what you eat. Successful weight-loss programs should promote healthy behaviors that help you lose weight safely, that you can stick with every day, and that help you keep the weight off.

Safe and successful weight-loss programs should include

  • behavioral treatment, also called lifestyle counseling, that can teach you how to develop and stick with healthier eating and physical activity habits—for example, keeping food and activity records or journals
  • information about getting enough sleep, managing stress, and the benefits and drawbacks of weight-loss medicines
  • ongoing feedback, monitoring, and support throughout the program, either in person, by phone, online, or through a combination of these approaches
  • slow and steady weight-loss goals—usually 1 to 2 pounds per week (though weight loss may be faster at the start of a program)
  • a plan for keeping the weight off, including goal setting, self-checks such as keeping a food journal, and counseling support

The most successful weight-loss programs provide 14 sessions or more of behavioral treatment over at least 6 months—and are led by trained staff.

Some commercial weight-loss programs such as the W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program have all of these components for a safe and successful weight-loss under careful physician supervision.

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W8MD’s weight loss, sleep, aesthetic & IV nutrition programs

W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan.

Weight loss supplements

Weight loss supplements

Sleep medicine program uses state of the art technology including the convenient home sleep studies or in lab sleep diagnostic studies to diagnose and treat over 80 different sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, insomnia to name a few. Learn more…

Medical aesthetic program offers a wide variety of advanced laser skin treatments including oxygen super facialsphotofacials, microneedling, PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, non-ablative laser skin resurfacing, botox, fillers and aesthetic treatments. The variety of technology and technique, combined with knowledgeable staff, allows doctors to customize treatment plans to each patient. One-size-fits-all procedures are not performed at W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep & Aesthetic Centers. Learn more…

IM and IV nutrition therapy includes booster shots for B12, vitamin B complex, Vitamin C, Detox treatments and IV nutrition therapy. Studies have shown that as many as 39% of those taking vitamins on a regular basis in a nursing home setting were not absorbing the same vitamins they are taking by mouth leading to significant deficiencies. Learn more…

Medical weight loss

Losing weight is one of the top priorities for many especially during the New Year’s resolutions time. As the United States and the world fight an epidemic of overweight, obesity, and diabetes, some call diabesity, it is important to examine what truly causes weight gain.

W8MD Team

W8MD Team

What is medical weight loss and how can it help me?

Medical weight loss, as opposed to surgical weight loss, involves non-surgical measures to help you reach your weight gains and to maintain it.

Before we look at the causes of weight gain and strategies to lose weight, let us look at some of the common things people search the internet. Here are some of the commonly searched questions on Google.

  • How do I help lose weight?
  • How can a woman lose weight fast?
  • How can I lose weight fast in 3 days?
  • How do you lose 10 pounds in a week?
  • What is an unhealthy rate of weight loss?
  • What is the best exercise for losing weight?
  • How much weight loss per week is healthy?
  • What are 3 weight management strategies?

How common is overweight and obesity in the US?

First, let us look at obesity rate among adults in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity is common, serious, and costly.

What percent of US adults are obese?

The prevalence of obesity was 39.8% and affected about 93.3 million of US adults in 2015~2016, according to the CDC.

What medical conditions are linked to being overweight or obese?

Over 50 different medical conditions are related to being overweight or obese including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer that are some of the leading causes of preventable, premature death.

What is the annual cost of obesity in the United States?

The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was $147 billion in 2008 US dollars; the medical cost for people who have obesity was $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

What truly causes obesity?

Obesity is a complex problem that has many causes. Let us look at what truly is causing the obesity, and diabetes epidemic. Although most people oversimplify this and say, it is “calories in, calories out” or “energy balance equation”, those oversimplifications rarely solve any problem and in fact can lead to “blame the victim” attitude.

Did the failed food pyramid play a role in causing the obesity and diabetes epidemic?

Over the past several decades, there has been an overemphasis on low fat diets thinking that fatty foods make one fatty and therefore, low fat foods are a solution.

However, low fat food in practicality ended up being high glycemic and high starch leading to a new problem of increased sugar loading leading to over production of a very anabolic hormone called insulin. Overtime of getting over exposed to insulin, people develop what is called insulin resistance which not only leads to compensatory increase in basal insulin levels but also leads to increased hunger, overeating an bigger portions.

What are the contributing factors for obesity?

Obesity results from a combination of causes and contributing factors, including metabolic factors such as insulin resistance, lack of proper sleep, stress, medications, individual factors such as behavior and genetics.

Losing weight with W8MD

Losing weight with W8MD

What behavioral factors lead to weight gain?

Behaviors can include dietary patterns, physical activity, inactivity, medication use, and other exposures. Additional contributing factors in our society include the food and physical activity environment, education and skills, and food marketing and promotion.

Do genes have a role in obesity?


Genetic changes in human populations occur too slowly to be responsible for the obesity epidemic. Nevertheless, the variation in how people respond to the environment that promotes physical inactivity and intake of high-calorie foods suggests that genes do play a role in the development of obesity.

How could genes influence obesity?

Genes give the body instructions for responding to changes in its environment. Studies have identified variants in several genes that may contribute to obesity by increasing hunger and food intake.

Rarely, a clear pattern of inherited obesity within a family is caused by a specific variant of a single gene (monogenic obesity). Most obesity, however, probably results from complex interactions among multiple genes and environmental factors that remain poorly understood.

What about role of family history in obesity?

Health care practitioners routinely collect family health history to help identify people at high risk of obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and some forms of cancer. Family health history reflects the effects of shared genetics and environment among close relatives. Families can’t change their genes but they can change the family environment to encourage healthy eating habits and physical activity. Those changes can improve the health of family members—and improve the family health history of the next generation.

Can certain medical conditions or medications cause weight gain?

Some illnesses may lead to obesity or weight gain. These may include Cushing’s disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome. Drugs such as steroids and some antidepressants may also cause weight gain. The science continues to emerge on the role of other factors in energy balance and weight gain such as chemical exposures and the role of the microbiome.

A health care provider can help you learn more about your health habits and history in order to tell you whether behaviors, illnesses, medications, and/or psychological factors are contributing to weight gain or making weight loss hard.

What are the health consequences of Obesity?

People who have obesity, compared to those with a normal or healthy weight, are at increased risk for many serious diseases and health conditions, including the following:

  • All-causes of death (mortality)
  • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
  • High LDL cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, or high levels of triglycerides (Dyslipidemia)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis (a breakdown of cartilage and bone within a joint)
  • Sleep apnea and breathing problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, colon, kidney, gallbladder, and liver)
  • Low quality of life
  • Mental illness such as clinical depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders
  • Body pain and difficulty with physical functioning

What are the economic and societal consequences of obesity?

  • Obesity and its associated health problems have a significant economic impact on the U.S. health care system.
  • Medical costs associated with overweight and obesity may involve direct and indirect costs.
  • Direct medical costs may include preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services related to obesity
  • Indirect costs relate to morbidity and mortality costs including productivity.
  • Productivity measures include ‘absenteeism’ (costs due to employees being absent from work for obesity-related health reasons) and ‘presenteeism’ (decreased productivity of employees while at work) as well as premature mortality and disability.

How can W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program help me?

W8MD’s medical weight loss programs can help!

If you are overweight or obese, and need help losing weight, W8MD can help. Accepting most insurances, with an evidence based practice, with many locations in the US with physicians and staff experienced and well trained, W8MD has helped thousands of patients and is ready to help you.

W8MD’s insurance physician weight loss program is unique in many ways with a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to weight loss that addresses all the complex issues leading to weight gain, both in adults and children. Since its inception in 2011, W8MD has successfully helped thousands of patients succeed in not only losing weight but also keep it off with an ongoing maintenance plan. Lean more…


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W8MD’s Insurance Medical Weight Loss Programs

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  • Are you a bit overweight or obese and trying to lose some pounds?
  • Are you wondering where to find a weight loss program that is cost effective, and is willing to work with your insurance for fast and effective, physician supervised weight loss?
  • Do you really want to understand what truly is causing your weight gain?

 W8MD’s Insurance Physician Weight Loss Program

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are at the right place.

Losing as little as 5-10% of your weight will help you reduce risks of heart attacks, diabetes and even some cancers. 

Under the direction of our experienced and trained weight loss physicians, W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Insurance Physician weight loss program can help you overcome obesity and to make a difference.

What makes us different?

The weight loss doctor’s of W8MD partner with each patient to develop a custom weight management program to best meet their individual needs taking into account their medical history, lifestyle and goals.

Sleep Disorders and Weight Gain

Since weight and sleep go together, most of the W8MD weight loss centers are able to address sleep issues such as snoring, obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia and restless leg syndrome to name a few. And the best part of our weight loss program is that most insurance’s cover the doctor visits.

Insurance weight loss program


What sets W8MD Medical Weight Loss Program Apart?

 Are you overweight or Obese?

If you are one of the millions of Americans trying to lose weight and get healthier, you are not alone. Affecting over two thirds of the entire adult population, being overweight or obese is not uncommon in the United States. However, the options to lose weight are very confusing for many as there is so much miss information and many fad diets. How about getting some professional help from weight loss physicians trained in the new science and art of Obesity Medicine?


At W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America, our physicians and staff are committed to offering a comprehensive and individualized approach. W8MD’s experienced weight loss physicians partner with each patient to develop a custom weight management program to best meet their individual needs.

Medical Weight Loss Made Easy!

If you are a bit overweight or obese, and take long term medications for cholesterol, blood pressure or diabetes but your doctor has nothing to offer for weight loss other than simply say “lose weight”, you may want to consider W8MD’s unique insurance physician weight loss program for faster weight loss results!

W8MD weight loss team

W8MD weight loss team

What Makes W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Different?

With over 20,000 books written on this topic, there are so

Weight loss success stories

Weight loss success stories

many confusing choices offered by all kinds of people. W8MD believes that weight loss should be under careful supervision of a physician familiar with the concepts in this emerging field of obesity medicine.

W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America’s physician supervised, non-surgical medical weight loss is one of a very few weight loss programs in the country that is evidence based and is supervised by experienced weight loss physicians for fast and effective weight loss using proven measures to lose weight, burn fat and reduce cravings.


  • Physician supervised non surgical medical weight loss
  • Accept most insurances for weight loss physician visits
  • Delicious and affordable weight loss protein shakes and other meal replacements
  • Fast and effective weight loss under careful physician supervision*
  • Sleep disorders and other causes of weight gain addressed
  • Appetite suppressants offered when indicated including Phentermine, Contrave, Belviq, Qsymia, Saxenda, Phendimetrazine etc.
  • Limited acceptance due to popular demand as one of the few insurance physician weight loss programs
  • Weight loss locations in In NYC, NJ & Greater Philadelphia with more added soon!

Learn more about the complex factors contributing to your weight gain and measures to reverse them! Think W8MD for weight loss!