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Study: Providers Cite Lack of Knowledge as a Major Barrier to Treating Patients with Obesity



By now, the need to prioritize obesity treatment in health care is widely accepted. Not a single state met the 2010 Healthy People goal of a 15% obesity rate. Instead, obesity rates have steadily climbed, with over one-third of American adults being obese, and with the United States ranking as one of the most obese countries in the world. And with obesity rates rising, so do the rates of comorbid conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.

With obesity officially having been classified as a disease in 2013 by the American Medical Association, more providers understand the links between obesity and other chronic conditions, as well as the importance of obesity treatment. But a recent study from George Washington University shows that this transition to prioritizing obesity treatment is not an easy one because most providers lack knowledge and understanding of recommended obesity treatments, such as behavioral counseling and pharmacotherapy.

In an accompanying editorial published in Obesity, Robert Kushner, MD, FTOS, examines the impact of this study. He concluded that, “The study suggests that more obesity education is needed among primary health care providers that focuses on knowledge along with enhanced competencies in patient care management, communication, and behavior change.”
 
Staying up-to-date with new information and best practices can be extremely difficult for a busy health care provider while the demands of the business and the patients remain high. But finding partners who can do some of the heavy lifting for you can support you in not only getting the necessary knowledge, but also streamlining your practices and provide you and your staff with the essential training and tools to implement this important service that will help your patients get healthier quicker, while saving your practice time and money.w

We encourage you to take advantage of free resources, like Robard’s three-part webcast series on How to Speak to Patients about Obesity, which can walk you through step-by-step on how to get this conversation started with patients.

If you understand how imperative it is to start addressing weight loss in your patients, but just aren’t sure how to get started, reach out to Robard today!

Source: Science Daily


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


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Forget the Ice Cream… Healthy Food Creates Happy Kids, says Study



In our culture, we often associate happy childhood experiences with unhealthy behaviors or foods. Who can forget summers filled with ice cream, lollipops secretly passed to you by grandparents, getting the first warm cookie out of the oven, or even licking the cake batter out of the bowl?

However, while junk food and soda companies use plenty of marketing spin to make us believe eating junk equates to happiness, a new study out of the University of Gothenburg in Sweden has shown that healthy eating is strongly linked to children’s happiness.

Dr. Louise Arvidsson, the corresponding author, said, “We found that in young children aged two to nine years there is an association between adherence to healthy dietary guidelines and better psychological well-being, which includes fewer emotional problems, better relationships with other children and higher self-esteem, two years later. Our findings suggest that a healthy diet can improve well-being in children.”

The study was quite large, looking at 7,675 children, two to nine years of age, from eight European countries. It concluded that a healthy diet was associated with better self-esteem and fewer emotional and peer problems two years later. The healthy diet guidelines included limiting intake of refined sugars, reducing fat intake and eating fruit and vegetables.

While there is much more to be learned about the connection between healthy eating and overall well-being, this study points out the many interconnections between lifestyle, food habits, overweight, psychological wellness, and even peer interaction.

Plus, when it comes to children’s wellness, and particularly childhood obesity, plenty research has pointed out that family history plays a big role in how well children eat. In fact, parental obesity is the biggest risk factor for obesity in children.

Having such active lifestyles can be difficult to make it a priority to emphasize wellness for the whole family. However, there are many ways parents can begin to encourage healthier eating with their kids, which can positively impact the entire family. Perhaps this new knowledge that emphasizes the health of the family, and especially children, can serve as extra motivation for adults and parents to start losing the extra weight and adopting healthier behaviors.

You can learn more about Robard’s weight management programs and products by clicking here.

Source: ScienceDaily


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation

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5 Tips to Keep Patients Motivated When They’re Not Losing Weight



Losing weight is easy — said no one ever! Patients sometimes approach weight loss with unrealistic expectations. Some think that if they just exercise and eat better, the weight will melt off and they’ll drop 20 pounds in a couple weeks. However, the reality is that people can work really hard, be super committed to their diet and exercise plan, and yet still not see the kind of progress they hope for as quickly as they want to see it. On top of the fact that in this time of the year, patients may also be dealing with winter weight gain that has thrown off their previous progress. So is it time to throw in the towel?

No way. Health care providers can play the role of reminding your patients that the journey of weight loss is a process, filled with ups and downs. A lot of factors may contribute to weight not coming off quickly; but providers and patients can work together to figure it out. In the meantime, it’s important to have some tools that you can provide patients to keep them in the game mentally so that they maintain the motivation to keep going, despite slow or even backwards progress.

Take a look at our slideshow of five tips (below) that will help dieters stay motivated to keep trying, even if they aren’t losing weight. If weight loss is not your specialty, take a look at our clinically designed Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD), where dieters can lose 3-5 pounds a week on average. Our programs are easy to implement using your existing staff, and we provide all the training and support necessary to get you started. Contact us for more information here.

And for those already offering weight loss services at your practice, don’t forget that Robard has a wealth of resources to help keep your patients motivated. If you haven’t already, download our 10 Weight Loss Affirmations to Motivate and Retain Patients for free now!


Blog written by Vanessa Ramalho/Robard Corporation


Editor’s Note: This blog was originally published in February 2017 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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