Weight Management Still the Heavyweight Health Problem

Health professionals have long debated the best approach to maintain an ideal weight. And it is safe to say that most agree you need to find the right balance of calories and activity to stay at a healthy weight. Maintaining a healthy weight will not only help you look great all year long, it will also go a long way to offset the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure and other diet-related conditions. The number of calories you need to maintain a weight that is right for you depends on several factors. Before we get into those factors, it is important to note that … [Read more...]

Childhood Obesity: How do Parents Impact this Epidemic?

As I begin to formulate my thoughts for this column, I find myself thinking about my 6- and 7-year old boys Nick and Noah. I also think about spending my entire childhood overweight. I think about what I experienced from both a physical and psychological perspective. And I don’t want my boys to ever have to go through that. One of the major challenges a parent faces every day is providing their kids with healthy foods to eat. It is not only a struggle for parents to provide healthy foods for their children, but it is equally as challenging getting kids to consume those healthy foods. And, … [Read more...]

Let’s Reverse the Ugly Obesity Trend

As I prepare for my next endurance event, the Carlsbad Marathon, I think about how it all started – my insatiable appetite to be fit and healthy. For all of those that have ever experienced running a marathon or participating in a triathlon, the “high” you get from successfully completing these events is undeniable. I can’t get enough of it. Why do I do what I do? I think about my youth and what has shaped me over the years. When I was in grade school, I always struggled with weight. I wasn’t obese, but I spent much of this time 20-30 pounds overweight. I’m not sure what my thought process … [Read more...]