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New Seminar Location! Columbus, GA

New Seminar Location available for our Clients!

We are very excited to announce our new seminar location located in Columbus, Georgia. We will be hosting a seminar on August 3 from 10:00am-11:30am.  At this seminar, you will learn about the various weight loss surgery procedures available to you. You will have an opportunity to meet our staff and learn more about our program. We look forward to seeing you there!

To register to attend, click here.

This seminar is located at:

Holiday Inn Express at Northlake
7336 Bear Lane
Columbus, Georgia 31909
706-707-7200

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Disney Eliminates Junk Food Advertising

In mid-2012, Disney announced its plan to eliminate the promotion of junk foods on its TV channels, radio stations and online properties geared toward children. In a move that enforces the company’s internal nutritional standards for advertisers, children will be exposed to fewer images of unhealthy foods. Disney will begin encouraging healthier lifestyles through this program when it goes into effect in 2015.

See more: Junk Food Will No Longer Sponsor Disney Programs

Our Take: As we’ve learned in previous news items, there is definitely a correlation between eating and seeing high fat, high calorie foods on TV. Combined with the staggering rise of childhood and adolescent obesity, the decision to remove junk food advertising on this and any TV network is a welcomed one. We hope that as the effects of visual stimulation on eating become more and more clear, other networks begin to follow suit.

Christian Nordqvist. “Junk Food Will No Longer Sponsor Disney Programs.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 5 Jun. 2012. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/246209.php

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Healthy Eating and Work Life Stress

A Temple University study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and published online in Social Science and Medicine, focused on the eating habits of the children when their parents are dealing with work and life stresses. The first part of the study showed that families with mothers who work full time had fewer family meals, ate fast food more often, and had a lower fruit and vegetable intake than part-time or unemployed mothers. Fully employed fathers spent less time in food preparation than those working part-time or not at all. Similarly, mothers and fathers who were experiencing significant work or life stress translated into one and a half fewer family meals every week.

See more: Healthy Eating Hindered By Parents’ Work-Life Stress

Our Take: It stands to reason that parental work habits affect every part of their lives and that of their children too. Many parents have no choice but to work harder, especially in today’s economy. However it is important to place an emphasis on nutrition – avoiding fast foods and processed foods – to ensure that parents and their kids are eating healthily. There are of course many factors that affect excess weight and obesity. This is just one of them. It must be made clear however that even a few unhealthy meals each week can have a long term detrimental effect on our kids’ weight.

Temple University. “Healthy Eating Hindered By Parents’ Work-Life Stress.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 25 Jun. 2012. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/246989.php

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Images of Food and Impulse Eating

In our next news item, a University of Southern California team assembled a study to track the brain’s response to imagery of fatty or high calorie foods. Thirteen young and obese Hispanic women were tracked for this study. Using MRI technology, they were able to understand the brain’s reaction to various images. The result is that the reward area of the brain was activated most when the study participants viewed images of high calorie foods.

Read the full Medical News Today article at: Seeing Fatty Food Pictures Encourages Impulse Eating

Our Take: We’ve all seen the commercials showing delicious food – fast food, grocery store and restaurant food. The fact is that marketing food products is a multi-billion dollar industry and for good reason, according to this study. Obesity and excess weight is both a psychological and physical disease for many. As a consequence it is important that we fight it from all angles, including developing a plan to eliminate impulse buying and consumption of high fat, high calorie and processed foods.

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