The IRS, Your Weight & You

Obesity & Weight Loss Programs In April of 2002 the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officially recognized obesity as a disease, making it far easier for American taxpayers to trim their tax bills and waistlines at the same time. The step is an important one, not so much because of savings to taxpayers (the deduction […]

Is Responsible Advertising an Oxymoron?

This is a short post today because if everything goes as planned, I’m flying back from an all-too-rare, all-too-short family vacation at my sister’s home where I got to see my daughter and spend time with the whole family together.  With the son off to college in a few weeks, and daughter off a few […]

Weighing In: Changing Behavior by Slowly Adding a New Habit or Modifying an Old One

Many of my friends have started off the year with the best intentions of following through with their New Year's resolutions.  A few have vowed to lose weight, others to stop a bad habit.  I checked in with them recently to ask what progress, if any, each of them had made. The friends of mine […]

Weighing In: The Ruby Gettinger Show on Style Network

Admittedly, I'm late in coming to the the Sunday 8 pm (EST) Style network show called "Ruby," which began in November 2008.  The first episode I watched was this past Sunday, and I have to say I was  intrigued to learn more about Ruby Gettinger, her issues with obesity, weight discrimination, and healthy living program […]

Heart Attacks in Diabetic Women More Likely to Be Fatal

Women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes under the age of 65 are at a higher risk than their male counterparts for worse outcomes after heart attacks. “The female advantage with fewer cardiovascular events than in men at younger ages is attenuated once a woman has the diagnosis of diabetes,” report Dr. Anna Norhammar, […]

Diabetes: Denial and Depression

Debbie Hendrick, from DiabetesMine, brings up a good point about what she calles the 3 D’s: diabetes, denial and depression. Writing women with type 2 diabetes she’s come to know, Blogger Hendrick writes that she is “shocked how so many…strong, beautiful ladies talk about denial and depression. One women voiced, ironically, that “she had a hard time getting out […]