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Premature death increases with growing BMI

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 10/23/2014 8:00:00 AM

A new American Cancer Society study finds white and black Americans with excess body weight are equally at risk for premature death.

This study involved nearly 1 million men and women who have never smoked and had no other existing diseases.

They also found that adults who are underweight are also at higher risk for premature death. If seemingly healthy adults later smoke, the risk of death significantly increases.

This study had 28-year follow-up and is the largest study of its kind of African Americans to date.

Source: PLOS ONE online


Lap Band patients walk to fight obesity

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 10/1/2014 5:00:00 PM

Walk from ObesitySponsored by Community Health Network, the Indianapolis Walk from Obesity takes place this Saturday, October 4. The Walk from Obesity is an event that brings together those who are directly affected by obesity and those who wish to prevent it.

Participating in the walk is key to drawing attention to obesity and the need for treatment and prevention efforts. Dr. McEwen and his staff at Community's Hamilton Bariatric Services have a team of staff and Lap Band patients participating for that very reason.

The walk is also a fun way to exercise and raise money for a worthwhile cause. The funds raised through this event support the ASMBS Foundation and the Obesity Action Council’s independent educational missions and fund programs focused on research, education and advocacy for all those affected by obesity.

If you are participating in this walk (or any activity) be sure bring water along and stay well-hydrated.

To kick-start your morning try this Paleo Pancake from Lexi Yoo, nurse practitioner at Hamilton Bariatrics. It takes just 3 ingredients: banana, egg whites and Formulx vanilla protein powder. Lexi uses coconut oil to grease the pan, and adds life brand chocolate chips (optional). This pancake will be crepe-like. continue reading ...


How 'bout them apples?

Written by Gina, registered dietitian for Keith McEwen, MD on 9/23/2014 3:45:00 PM

Strawberries and prosciutto jazz up a simple arugula saladFall is officially upon us, and we are starting to see many Indiana-grown apples in stores and farmers markets. Popular local varieties include, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Jonathan, Gala, Rome and Fuji.

Apples are a powerhouse of antioxidants and natural fibers. They are also a low-calorie food with only about 72 calories per medium-sized apple.

A medium size apple also contains over 4 grams of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber has been shown to help improve blood cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and can also help with satiety.

In order to eat mindfully, foods needs to satisfy all the senses. Try these apple creations that do just that. (A reminder to lap band patients: Cut all raw fruit and vegetables into small pieces, chew thoroughly, eat slowly and follow the portion size guidelines.)

Apple and sweet potato hash with a fried egg: Chop a firm apple, like Winesap, with a sweet potato and add to a hot skillet with a drizzle of olive oil. Cook until tender, serve with a fried egg. (Serves two.)

Apple brussels sprout slaw: Shred two to three raw brussels sprouts and one medium apple, like a Honeycrisp. Add a tablespoon of cranberries and sunflower seeds. Toss with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and low-fat mayonnaise. (Serves two.) continue reading ...


Katie Couric: Take the Fed Up Challenge

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 9/9/2014 8:00:00 AM

Fed Up Challenge to reduce sugar intake in kidsIn a recent issue of Good Housekeeping magazine Special Report: America's Food Crisis, Katie Couric, the global news anchor at Yahoo, was profiled for a documentary she co-produced, Fed Up, which chronicles the childhood obesity crisis in the U.S. This is a message that not everyone wants to hear: "The food we are eating may be undermining our health – and stealing years from our lives." Today, Sept. 9, Fed Up is available on blu-ray and DVD.

She challenges everyone, especially the moms in the house to start the Fed Up Challenge. The American Heart Association say women can have 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of added sugar a day and men can have 9 teaspoons (36 grams). If you drink a beverage, look at the label; many have 32 grams of sugar. That's 8 teaspoons right there. continue reading ...


Tailgate snacks for football games

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 9/4/2014 8:00:00 AM

Friday night football and Saturday college ball games are in full swing. If you are a football fanatic and like to tailgate, think about adding some healthy choices to this year's tailgate parties. Here are some creative ideas that still look fun and colorful and may even work as a dessert!

  • Hummus with crisp snap peas, cucumbers, red pepper strips
  • Turkey-broccoli-pepper meatball served in a cupcake wrapper, or patty for the grill
  • Watermelon water or watermelon slushies

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Late night munchies

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 9/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

Most women on a weight management plan will hold off snacking during the day, but then the muscle of self-control seems to be the weakest at night. According to the study author Heather McKee, PhD, being vulnerable at night is not uncommon because of fatigue. 

Here's a tip: Throughout the week, identify a day to have a small treat earlier in the day – something you will savor. Changing your routine may give your willpower a rest, making it easier to say "NO" later on during the day.

Source: Annals of Behavioral Medicine

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5 weight loss mistakes women always make

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 8/28/2014 8:00:00 AM

If you are beginning supervised weight loss, then you have probably tried (and maybe tried again) a variety of diets. Health.com editors list the five hurdles that stall most women:

  1. OD'ing on protein – Beware of some high-protein drinks and shakes coated in sugar and hidden fat. The CDC says women need approximately 46 gms of protein per day.
  2. Skimping on veggies – Make it a part of every meal. The goal is 2 1⁄2 cups.
  3. Drinks a big glass of juice for breakfast – Juice will make your insulin levels go up and you'll feel hungrier at lunch with the urge to overeat.
  4. Getting discouraged after a few week of weight loss – The initial weeks you shed more pounds per week, but then level off. Too many women give up.
  5. Short on sleep – Appetite is influenced by sleep. If you skimp on a good night's sleep, your willpower may not hold you back from those food triggers.

The editors at Health.com also identified the five exercise mistakes women tend to make: continue reading ...


New study shows more cancers linked to being overweight

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 8/26/2014 8:00:00 AM

Many more cancers may be linked to obesity. Medical researchers in the UK found a higher body mass index (BMI) increases the risk of developing these cancers. Uterine cancer had the strongest association to being overweight or obese.

Gynecologic cancers

  • Uterus – 62% increased risk
  • Cervix – 10% increased risk
  • Ovarian – 9% increased risk

GI cancers

  • Gallbladder – 31% increased risk
  • Kidney – 25% increased risk
  • Liver – 19% increased risk
  • Colon – 10% increased risk continue reading ...


Back to school: Healthier recipes

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 8/21/2014 8:00:00 AM

It's back to school for many families. Looking for healthier back-to-school recipes? This month's issues of Health Magazine has online recipes to help you make some homemade breakfast items for those rushed mornings.

Try the Low-Fat Strawberry-Cinnamon Muffins with 3 grams of protein and 94 mg of calcium; the fat-free yogurt and low-fat milk cuts back on fats. Don't forget to cut up an apple for breakfast. It's packed with vitamin C and fills you up. More apple recipes >>


Eating trend: Fresh fruits and vegetables

Written by Community Bariatric Services on 8/19/2014 8:00:00 AM

(USA Weekend, Aug. 17) – An article in the Sunday paper supplement asked restaurateurs, chefs and food writers what Americans will be eating in five years. Their answer may surprise you. Some in the business of making and selling food have found ways to make nutrient dense food delicious, appealing and profitable.

Locally, Indianapolis and surrounding cities have new farm-to-table restaurants and active farmer's markets. The trend, the author says, is to use more fresh fruits and vegetables daily.

We're already seeing national chains like Subway and Panera get on the fresh bandwagon by removing artificial ingredients. Yet processed foods dominate the market, including the advertising dollars.

So in five years, expect a country of extremes – from meat and potatoes to vegan. But now the lines are being blurred and Americans are thinking about foods that are good for them. This underlying trend is good news – healthier choices, healthier lives.

Recipe: Apple-Spinach Chicken

This recipe is low in saturated fat. Local apple cider is often available at local Indianapolis and Hamilton County farmer's markets. This recipe calls for Granny Smith apples, but other tart varieties work too. continue reading ...


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