Obesity

Small weight loss leads to big health gains

Rates of obesity in the U.S. show little sign of slowing down.  In 2017 and 2018, more than four in 10 American adults, or 42.4% had obesity and over 9% had severe obesity according to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. In 10 years, a 2019 study in the New England…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Mar 2, 2020

Expert advice on avoiding holiday weight gain

The season of holidays is almost here beginning with Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years, and Valentine’s Day. Even the best intentions of staying on track with your healthy lifestyle habits can be derailed during this time. One of those healthy lifestyle habits at risk of derailing may include watching your waistline. How do you get…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 19, 2018

How to lose weight for good without going to extremes

There are all kinds of crazy weight loss diets out there many people flock to.  From high-protein to low-carb to ketogenic, the weight loss industry is a steady business.  But if these “diets” all claim to be the best for taking the weight off for good, then why has the number of people overweight to…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Nov 27, 2017

Positive practical advice parents need to fight childhood obesity

We all want what is best for our children and one of the ways we show this is through how we feed them.  Food is intricately linked with love and if that’s the case with American parents, we love our kids a lot. The notion that “food is love” and a way to show our…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 20, 2017

Say good-bye to belly fat once and for all

  Having trouble getting rid of belly fat?  It’s a common problem for many people but with some dietary and fitness changes, it can be reduced.  Dr. David Samadi (www.samadimd.com) and I address this issue in an article we wrote together.  Be consistent, believe in yourself and don’t expect changes overnight.  You can do this….

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 21, 2016

Lack of sleep’s effects childhood obesity

Do you know how many hours of sleep your child gets each night?  A lack of sleep may affect your child’s weight.  Read my article Dr. David Samadi and I wrote together on this topic.  Learn more on various health topics at www.samadimd.com Do you know how many hours of sleep each night your child…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 12, 2016

Is your child headed towards obesity?

  Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the United States.  Find out how to determine if your child is overweight/obese in this article Dr. David Samadi and I wrote together and what are some factors driving this trend.  For more health and medical information, go to www.samadimd.com. In the past, childhood obesity was a…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Jan 5, 2016

10 steps all families can do to prevent childhood obesity

Childhood obesity continues to be a major problem in the United States.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity among preschool-aged children has declined but for children and adolescents aged 2-19 years, the obesity rate persists at about 17% or 12.7 million being affected. Physicians are becoming more proactive in referring this…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 29, 2015

Artificial Sweeteners – sweet deal or not

Artificial sweeteners have been a part of the food supply for a long time. Ever since a Russian chemist discovered saccharin by accident in 1878, the quest for finding an alternative to table sugar has been nonstop. Sugar substitutes or artificial sweeteners are substances that can be used to sweeten foods and beverages in place…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Oct 9, 2015

7 ways to lose belly fat without exercise

If exercise is not your thing and yet you have excess belly fat that doesn’t want to budge, is it possible to lose your muffin top without resorting to breaking a sweat? It’s possible but only with a lot of dedication and diligence by adopting a healthy eating pattern along with other habits. It’s always…

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By Cheryl Mussatto, MS, RD, LD | Sep 17, 2015