September Physician Focus: The Misconceptions of Obesity
Despite enormous attention and multiple programs created to reduce the condition, obesity remains prevalent in the U.S. with more than a third of the population considered obese. Conventional wisdom has thought of obesity as primarily a lifestyle issue, with people eating too much and not getting enough physical exercise. New research, however, is discovering that obesity is much more complex than first thought.
The September edition of Physician Focus examines the many other factors contributing to obesity and overweight with two physicians from the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center, Scott W. Butsch, M.D. and Fatima Cody Stanford, M.D., both members of the Society’s Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity. Hosting this edition is MMS Past President Dale Magee, M.D.
Among the topics of conversation are the importance of changing one’s diet to healthier foods, the role of the body’s fat cells in obesity; how ‘gut bacteria’ affects weight; and how such factors as sleep, stress, and medications can contribute to obesity.
Physician Focus is distributed to public access television stations throughout Massachusetts, reaching residents in more than 275 cities and towns. It is also available online at www.physicianfocus.org, www.massmed.org/physicianfocus and on YouTube.