RobardUser Robard Corporation | October 2015

The Role of the Provider in Patient Weight Loss



There is little doubt that you are acutely aware that the prevalence of obesity is evident and snowballing at an alarming rate. And the quality of life and health of your patients are no doubt severely diminished from conditions related to obesity — type 2 diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, and deteriorating load-bearing joints, to name a few. (We're sure that you see this every day in your practice.) As obesity statics continue to soar within America, what role does a healthcare provider or professional play in its treatment? Obviously, healthcare providers are vital members of the medical world. They also can be critical to a community, such as a family physician that provides lifelong care for a patient and their family.

Are providers fully serving their patients when weight is not being addressed? Lack of initiative on the provider’s part or an inability to comfortably communicate obesity concerns with a patient is akin to simply overlooking the bigger problem. A provider adopting this characteristic simply gives consent to the patient to continue their unhealthy behavior. Some providers feel they don’t have the proper tools to help their patients lose weight — sometimes diet modification isn’t enough.

If you’re a healthcare provider or professional that’s ever considered offering obesity treatment as a fee-for-service addition to your practice, now is the time. Lack of experience, cost and other trepidations surrounding your thoughts about treating obesity can be lessened or eliminated by practical hands-on training and resources to support a new program, your staff and your business. We can help.

Robard has everything a provider needs to offer a comprehensive solution for their patients’ weight issues. From staff training and nutritional supplements to medical protocols and educational materials, Robard gives customers the business development tools to run a successful program that is beneficial to your practice and your patients. Our obesity treatment models were created specifically for busy medical and healthcare professionals so a new obesity treatment program can be implemented while you maintain focus on your expertise.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a weight loss provider, please fill out this brief form and one of our representatives will contact you personally to discuss your future goals.

It is imperative to recognize that as the obesity epidemic grows, so will its related comorbidities. However, the resolution or reduction of chronic medical conditions can be achieved by treating the root source:  Obesity.  It starts with you.

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Dear Millennials: Eat Less and Exercise More



Older adults tend to feel that the younger generation has it “easier” than they did. However, when it comes to weight, the tables may be turned. A recent study from York University’s Faculty of Health concluded that for Millennials to maintain the same weight as people in the generation before them, they would need to eat less and exercise more.

Researchers reached this conclusion by analyzing diets of 36,400 adults from 1971 to 2008, and the physical activity of 14,419 adults from 1988 to 2006. According to Ruth Brown, lead researcher of the study, “for a given amount of self-reported food intake, people will be about 10 percent heavier in 2008 than in 1971, and about five percent heavier for a given amount of physical activity level in 1988 than 2006.”

What does this mean? Although maintaining a healthy diet and getting enough physical activity are imperative to the overall health of a person, there are other determining factors that are possibly leading to weight gain and contributing to the obesity epidemic. What factors? According to Professor Jennifer Kuk in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science, these may include, “medication use, environmental pollutants, genetics, timing of food intake, stress, gut bacteria, and even nighttime light exposure.”

Further research has shown that genetics may play more of a role in our weight than originally thought; however, many external factors possibly contributing to weight gain can be linked to environment and circumstantial necessity. For example, prescription medications can have multiple side effects — including weight gain — that one can reasonably question if the adverse effects are outweighed by the benefits. And we recently wrote about how certain chemicals we are all exposed to in everyday life are linked to obesity.

“Ultimately, maintaining a healthy body weight is now more challenging than ever,” says Kuk. She may be right. But challenging doesn’t mean impossible. If we all have to work a little harder to strive for a healthier lifestyle then that’s simply the reality of the new world we live in.


Source: York University

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Cash Register Receipts Linked to Obesity?



Your cash register receipts are making you fat. OK, that may not be exactly the case — but a chemical used in those receipts as well as many other common items has been found to have a link to obesity and diabetes. The chemical is called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and it’s everywhere.

According to the executive summary of a Scientific Statement issued by the Endocrine Society, “Known EDCs include bisphenol A (BPA) found in food can linings and cash register receipts, phthalates found in plastics and cosmetics, flame retardants and pesticides. The chemicals are so common that nearly every person on Earth has been exposed to one or more.” It’s believed that EDC exposure has cost the European Union 209 billion dollars a year in health care expenses and earning potential.

The threat from these chemicals is that they block or interfere with the body’s natural hormones and create an adverse effect on cell development as a result. Exposure can lead to obesity, diabetes, infertility, hormone-related cancers, neurological issues and other disorders.

“The evidence is more definitive than ever before,” says Andrea C. Gore, Professor and Vacek Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the task force that developed the statement. “EDCs disrupt hormones in a manner that harms human health.”

The Endocrine Society researchers consider the situation dire and have come up with a plan to combat it. The plan consists of initiatives suggesting further research about potential exposure effects, regulation on the use of the chemicals, and calling upon “green chemists” to provide possible alternatives or solutions to stop EDC usage, among other things.

A recent study showed that people today are eating and exercising the same amount as people 20 years ago (we’ll feature that in an upcoming blog), but the United States is collectively more overweight than ever. One of the reasons could include toxins that we are exposed to — and research such as this adds validity to such claims.

Source: The Endocrine Society

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