Interesting concept. In fact. . . .what a great name for a book! The author of Mindless Eating is a food scientist at Cornell and is speaking free this Thursday 7:30 p.m. at Hughes Metroplex in Wichita.
Obesity is rampant as 1/3 of the US population has a BMI (body mass index) more than 30. Hand-in-hand with obesity is high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers.
Many obese patients would like a quick fix
- prescription medications. Studies have shown prescriptions may help promote “modest” weight loss, meaning an additional 2 to 15 pounds. One of these prescriptions, Sibutramine (Meridia) was recently voluntarily taken off the market (October 8, 2010) due to increased adverse heart events like heart attack and stroke.
- “bariatric surgery” like gastric bypass. This may result in a loss of greater than 20% of body weight, which may be maintained or the patient can learn to outsmart/outeat their stomach. This surgery has operative and postoperative complications and, on average, 0.28% of patients die within 30 days of surgery.
If you can attend the free lecture above, please do. If you cannot attend, he has a great easy-to-read book which is truly enjoyable reading. Dr. Wansink states “the best diet is the one you don’t know you are on.”