In Good Company: How Much You Eat Depends on Who You Eat With

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff May 20, 2015


You are the company you keep. We’re sure you have heard the saying before — probably from your parents when you were growing up in an effort to make sure that you were surrounding yourself with good people and staying out of trouble. Or maybe they meant what and how much you eat.

A recent study published in the journal Social Influence surmised that how much food a person consumes can have an impact on how much another person eats. Researchers believe this is caused by social modeling, a psychological effect that would lead a person to eat less simply because the person they are dining with is eating a small amount of food.

“Internal signals like hunger and feeling full can often be unreliable guides,” says Lenny Vartanian, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales’s School of Psychology, and the study’s lead author. “In these situations people can look to the example of others to decide how much food they should consume.”

Hunger pangs and satiety have less of an influence on how much we eat than someone eating in front of us. That’s an interesting thought in itself, that external factors are used more than internal factors when we decide how much we want to eat. People have the unique ability to affect change in another person by merely being around them. It’s not unusual to start using the same words or develop a habit your friend has simply because you’ve been around to see them do it. It’s also no surprise that such social influence could be prominent in dieting.

“The research shows that social factors are a powerful influence on consumption,” says Vartanian. “When the companion eats very little, people suppress their food intake and eat less than they normally would if alone.”

Source: University of New South Wales


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The Six Types of Obesity: Should We Be Treating Them Differently?

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff May 12, 2015


The Six Types of Obesity:

• Young males who were heavy drinkers
• Middle aged individuals who are unhappy and anxious
• Older people who despite living with physical health conditions are happy
• Younger healthy females
• Older affluent healthy adults
• Individuals with very poor health

These are the different types of people who are obese, according to a study conducted by the National Health Services (NHS) in England, and consisted of 4,441 overweight patients. Six billion pounds — more than nine billion U.S. dollars — is spent on obesity in England annually. Making matters worse, Europe faces an obesity crisis of "enormous proportions" as unhealthy diets and physical inactivity inflate waistlines and health costs, according to a recent report by the World Health Organization.

The NHS study started because of the organization’s perceived notion that England’s way of treating obesity lacked efficiency and effectiveness, increasing the money spent on obesity. If further research corroborates these results it could possibly overhaul the way obesity is treated. Rather than focusing on the obvious fact that people are overweight, the NHS concentrated more on why they are overweight. The NHS feels that if you treat the underlying issue you can get to the root of the person’s weight problems, resulting in more concentrated treatment and strategies.

“Our research showed that those in the groups that we identified are likely to need very different services, and will respond very differently to different health promotion policies,” says Dr. Mark Green from the University’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR).

The ultimate goal of the NHS is for a person’s program to be specifically curtailed to one (or possibly more) of these designations, allowing for a targeted and specified strategy to treat their weight and increase efficiency and the success rate for weight loss. What do you think of the six designations of obesity? Do you think programs should be more targeted and curtailed to the patient?
 

Source: University of Sheffield

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Filed Under: For Dieters | For Providers | Obesity | Treating Obesity

How Do You Approach a Patient About Weight Loss?

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff May 5, 2015


“Well, the doctor didn’t say anything during my visit, so it must not be a problem.”

Those are the thoughts of many patients as they leave their doctor’s office after another visit where their weight was not discussed. Medical providers have the dubious task of making sure they address their patients’ health issues to the best of their ability. They also must be inoffensive while doing so. It’s a difficult duty to be charged with. But if you aren’t discussing a patient’s weight, are you effectively addressing their health? When it comes to weight loss, the evidence is clear: a doctor recommendations to their patients about weight loss is effective.

How do you approach a patient about weight loss? Start with:

• Ask permission to discuss weight
• Ask open-ended questions
• Build trust, don’t judge
• Focus on health and not weight

More times than not the most difficult step in a journey is the first one — it’s the same with a doctor talking about weight loss to a patient. Bringing up your concerns about your patient’s weight may prove to be the most burdensome part of the conversation. To alleviate some of the awkwardness, be non-offensive and compassionate. Don’t blame, provoke guilt, or judge. This is a collaborative effort that will have the best results when there is involvement and trust amongst everyone. Once the trust is established it will be easier to have an open discussion, and the provider will be better equipped with information from the patient to address underlying issues for being overweight.

However, none of this means much if the patient isn’t fully invested in losing weight. Be prepared to explore and gauge a patient’s readiness and motivation to change. Discuss your concern about their weight, and the impact weight loss would have on their health and quality of life. This is a big step for a patient and if it proves to be successful they won’t come out the same person they went in as. Set goals with your patient, both long and short term. Make them challenging but attainable; a dieter can lose interest with a challenge if it’s too difficult or too easy. It’s a balance. Help your patient identify success and be prepared to offer solutions. Nutrition, behavior modification, exercise assistance — all these and more should be discussed.

Physicians are in a unique position of being able to change lives through obesity treatment. Obesity is the most impactful disease of the 21st century. This is an opportunity that we can’t afford to miss.

Robard Corporation provides customers a comprehensive guide and a video on how to talk to their patients about their weight. Call us for more information about Robard and our guide.

Source: Robard Corporation Business Development Department, 800.222.9201.



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VIDEO: Julie Roth’s Weight Loss Journey

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff April 24, 2015
A dieter’s weight loss journey can have peaks and valleys; however, the most gratifying part has to be when you experience the joy of success during your journey or when you finally reach your goal. We’ve told you about John Blair and Jim Carpenter, now we’d like to introduce you to Julie Roth.

Julie weighed 348 pounds when she started her weight loss journey. In 20 months, she lost roughly 200 pounds on the New Direction System. Now, she says, she is healthier at age 38 than she was at 18. Julie also set her sights on other goals, such as completing a half marathon, but it was the simpler things, such as being able to do housework without taking a break, that she appreciated the most about her new weight.

In the following video, Julie shares her success story with us:



There are countless stories like Julie’s. We firmly believe that weight loss is not just about losing weight — it’s about changing people’s lives. If you’re a provider that would like to hear about Robard programs and products, such as the New Direction System, please fill out our Become a Provider form.  If you’re a dieter interested starting your weight loss journey, fill out our Find a Clinic form and we will find some weight loss programs in your area for you to get started!

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Poor Protein and Carbohydrate Food Choices Lead to Weight Gain

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff April 21, 2015


Glycemic load (GL) is a term often associated with type 2 diabetes. It’s a barometer of how much food needs to be consumed to raise blood glucose. However, what about its relation to weight gain? That’s what researchers from Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University sought to find out.

In a study that consisted of 120,000 men and women and more than 16 years of follow-up exploration, researchers concluded high-GL diets containing simple carbohydrates such as refined grains, starches, and sugars were connected to weight gain. Now even if you don’t think the GL is important, the foods they refer to are. Additional findings from the study:
 
• Increasing intakes of red meat and processed meat were most strongly associated with weight gain

• Increasing intakes of yogurt, seafood, skinless chicken, and nuts were most strongly associated with weight loss — the more people ate, the less weight they gained

• Increasing other dairy products, including full-fat cheese, whole milk, and low-fat milk, did not significantly relate to either weight gain or weight loss

It’s not as simple saying “all carbs are bad” and “all proteins are good,” it rarely ever is. “Some foods help prevent weight gain, others make it worse,” says Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, senior author of the study. “Most interestingly, the combination of foods seems to make a big difference. Our findings suggest we should not only emphasize specific protein-rich foods like fish, nuts, and yogurt to prevent weight gain, but also focus on avoiding refined grains, starches, and sugars in order to maximize the benefits of these healthful protein-rich foods, create new benefits for other foods like eggs and cheese, and reduce the weight gain associated with meats.” 

Your heart may mean well with some of your food choices, but may fall short on being part of a healthy diet. Make wise food choices in smart combinations and you won’t just have a healthy diet; you’ll have a diet that can boost weight loss with proper physical activity.


Source: Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus
 

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Physicians Recommendation Leads to Weight Loss

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff April 9, 2015


Even though providers often find it difficult to speak with their patients about their weight, a new study shows that a physician recommendation is effective in achieving weight loss results. The study, published in the Journal of Economics & Human Biology, showed that patients who were recommended to lose weight by their physician lost more weight on average compared to patients of doctors who didn’t provide this recommendation.

Sometimes the best advice is advice that is hard to hear. The weight loss discussion can be uncomfortable for both the physician and the patient. As a result, this necessary conversation is often avoided during a doctor’s appointment. However, this study shows that, while awkward, the recommendation can lead to promising results.

The study’s author, Joshua Berning, offers advice of his own, “Physicians often don’t take the time to consult patients about being overweight. They need to take the opportunity to interact with their patients. Through an open dialogue, patients can find solutions to their health issues, especially in terms of obesity.”

With health related matters, physicians are in the perfect position make recommendations and suggestions on ways for their patient to lead a healthier lifestyle, including weight loss. When receiving advice, often the importance we place on the information depends on the source of the actual advice. This study clearly shows that physicians can influence patients to take action on their weight loss advice.

 

Robard Corporation provides extensive tools to assist medical providers with speaking with patients about their weight. Complete our provider form and a representative will contact you about your needs.

Source: University of Georgia


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Are New Policies Affecting Obesity?

by Marcus Miller - Robard Staff April 2, 2015


From regulations on soda to food establishments posting nutritional information, there have been numerous attempts of changes in policy and our environment to either stymie or reverse the trend of obesity. However, the question still remains: Is it working? Drexel University decided to seek out the answer to this question by observing “natural experiments” where researchers compared people’s calorie consumption and physical activity before and after policy implementation, or compared their results with a similar group not affected by the change. Some of the results were: 

DIET & FOOD POLICY CHANGES

Changes with strong impacts were ones that improved the nutritional quality of foods: 

  • Trans-fat bans
  • Sugary food and beverage availability limits
  • Higher-fat food availability limits 

Changes that had smaller or no impacts in the research to date included:

  • Nutritional information requirements
  • Supermarkets built in underserved areas

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY FOCUSED CHANGES

Changes with stronger impacts included:

  • Active transportation infrastructure improvements
  • Changes studied after longer-term follow-up periods

More research is needed to look at physical activity effects (not just use of amenities) for built environment changes including:

  • Park improvements
  • Trails
  • Active transportation infrastructure

More studies need to done; The results showed that changes studied after long-term follow-up periods yielded the biggest impact.  Although there could be tangible changes due to these policies, it still remains uncertain if the changes can provide assistance in the battle against obesity. However, it’s ultimately up to the individual and how they react to these policies and environmental changes. But it’s interesting to see what is nudging us in the right direction. 

Source: Drexel University



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