Aug 18

Is Obesity Contagious?

We all know that our environment affects the way we behave. If the people around us are polite and courteous, we tend to be the same. If they dress casually, we dress casually, not wanting to feel out of place. Is it possible that this extends to weight control? Why do some states (Utah, Hawaii …

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Aug 15

The Chicken Or the Egg?

Discussing mental health and obesity can be tricky, because you often run into the question of, “which came first.”  Mental health issues like anxiety and depression can lead to overeating and obesity, but is it sometimes the reverse? Does being overweight or obese make people depressed and anxious? Do overweight patients suffer from a higher …

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Aug 14

Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery

Breast cancer is one of the most common and concerning health problems faced by American women. It is second only to skin cancer as the most diagnosed malignancy in female patients. Currently, it is estimated that about 1 in 8 American women will develop invasive breast cancer (cancer that spreads into surrounding tissue) sometime in …

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Aug 13

What is Bariatric Medicine?

Given the growing problem of obesity in the United States and the world, it is surprising that we do not hear the terms, “bariatric clinic,”  “bariatric physician,” “bariatrics” or “bariatrician” more often. The specialties and subspecialties of medical practice have tended to develop in order to fill specific, sometimes narrow needs. Cardiologists deal with heart …

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Aug 10

It’s never too early to remind you about the Monthly Bariatric Support Group Meeting

This meeting is held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5pm. It’s located in Dr. Birkedal’s Office at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. For August, that will be Thursday August 16, 2018. If you are concerned about your weight, please plan to attend. The first step in solving your problem is to recognize …

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Aug 09

The Early Signs of Type-2 Diabetes

Type-2 diabetes is a threat not only to individual patients, but to the entire medical care system. It is becoming a true epidemic, one that threatens to overwhelm the best efforts of doctors and public health officers.  This disease and its consequences are so threatening that the government’s Centers for Disease Control periodically issues a …

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Aug 08

You may be familiar with the term, “Binge Eating Disorder”

About 2.5% of the general population has experienced binge eating disorder at some time. That is not a high percentage, but studies indicate that BED is far more common in people who seek medical help for obesity. Read about the effect that binge eating disorder has on health by clicking Binge Eating Disorder.

Aug 06

Latest Statistics for Bariatric Surgery in the United States

In June, The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) published the latest statistics for weight loss surgery done in the United States. Once again, in 2017, the total number of weight loss surgeries grew, increasing to 228,000 bariatric surgery procedures nationwide. Taken alone, this figure sounds impressive; it is over a quarter of …

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Aug 03

Do you know that you are probably paying for obesity?

If you or your employer buys health care insurance, if you pay Medicare taxes or Part B Medicare premiums, you are paying for the cost of obesity. Insurance is a risk-spreading device, intended to spread the burden of health care costs over many people. When the risk is increased by one group, all the rate …

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Aug 01

Do you or someone you know suffer from a hernia?

The term, “hernia” is sometimes misunderstood. A hernia occurs when an area of the muscular wall that normally holds in the internal organs and tissues stretches or bulges. Perhaps 80% of all hernias are inguinal (located in the lower abdomen), and inguinal hernia surgery is one of the most common of all surgical procedures. Find …

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