Becoming a Diet Guru the Easy Way

OK, so you’re sick of your 9 to 5, and you want to do something new! Let me guess, you love helping people. How did I know? I’m straight-up psychic. You also probably have some connection with nutrition or weight loss, regardless of how misguided it is… because you’re human. Maybe you watched your aunt…

Why Won’t “Biggest Loser” Contests Die Already?

I have always hated “Biggest Loser” style contests, and yet they remain one of the most-requested wellness campaigns. To be clear, this is what we are trying to replicate in the name of health: After the first season, participants confessed to resorting to extreme dehydration to lose weight and the winner, Ryan Benson, told The New York Times that…

“Research” Doesn’t Mean “Unquestionably True”

I like to hear people talk about how obesity wasn’t a problem until everyone started eating low-fat foods. That would be a super intriguing theory if anyone ever consumed a low-fat diet, but they didn’t. In fact, we are eating 20% more fat that we did in 1970. We are also eating 30% more grain…

Does Your Job Cause Diabetes?

The Impact of Stress In an extensive German study that collected data from more than 5,300 employees aged 29-66, scientists found that the women who were under a high level of work pressure had a 45% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. About 20% of people are affected by high levels of mental stress…

Are You Being Fat Shamed?

“Fat shaming” has become a standard term recently, starting a few years ago when several videos strongly criticizing and harassing overweight people were made public and went viral on the Internet. It is possible that these poorly educated individuals actually believed that their hurtful comments would spur some obese people to lose weight and actually…

Four Words This Dietitian Hates

Words have more power than we give them credit for and there are a lot of words that irk me when people use them during conversations about food and nutrition. Healthy – Define “healthy” for me, because your definition is likely very different from mine. If you tell me that you want a “healthy diet”…

Why Our Kids Are at Risk for Cirrhosis

Fatty liver disease is often ignored or minimized, but this is a big, big mistake. Everyone has a little bit of fat in their liver. However, once someone has enough fat in their liver to account for 5-10% of the organ’s total weight, they have fatty liver disease. There is fatty liver disease caused by…

Martyr Much?

You probably know someone with a “martyr complex” or a “victim complex,” but maybe you didn’t know that’s what it’s called. We all sacrifice our time, money, energy, and happiness for others sometimes. Someone with a martyr complex believes that they have no choice but to continue to sacrifice their needs and desires for others;…