What Defines “Good Health” When It Comes to Weight Loss?

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Bill Maher on Body Positivity

There was a recent video that came out in August 2022 where talk show host and comedian, Bill Maher gives his take on the “body positivity” movement. It is a polarizing topic that caused a lot of conversation around the Internet. You may be wondering, what is our take on this? Read on to find out what Dr. Wendy Scinta thinks! 

“Although Bill Maher clearly does not understand all the components that go into a person’s weight issue, I am in agreement with his argument to fight and not surrender when it comes to reaching a healthy weight. Ted Kyle, who Bill quotes several times in this video states that “we do not know all the factors causing obesity.” I  completely disagree. We know that the obesogenic environment has led to this obesity epidemic by promoting fast food, and processed foods with high fructose corn syrup. This causes rapid weight gain and provides little nutritional value.  

We also know that the food industry has made food addicting by combining fat, salt and sugar in a way that hits the dopamine receptors in the brain and makes us want to eat more. Here are some resources to learn more about this: 

No matter who you are, I am going to tell you that you do not have to live at an unhealthy weight! Contrary to public messaging, it is fixable! Thousands of our patients have decided to fight and not surrender to the toxic environment. As a result, many of them have lost in excess of 100 pounds. It can be done! Do not surrender! You are MORE THAN WORTH IT! “

Lizzo’s Fitness Routine

This recent Bill Maher debate caused us to remember something that came up in the news back in 2022 – Lizzo’s Fitness Routine. Dr. Scinta weighed in on this as well. 

“What really defines good health? Lizzo is beautiful, strong and extremely talented. She is able to sing and dance without getting winded, and is able to do more burpees than most people. She happens to be in good physical shape, and does not let her weight prevent her from reaching her fitness goals. 

While this is very important, it is also key to focus on things that can be going on inside the body that we can’t see, but that are detrimental to one’s health. This can include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver, sleep apnea, diabetes and many more. If I were her physician, I would want to help her resolve these issues if they exist. The best way to do this is through weight loss.  

If she does not have any of these concerns, I would want her to preserve those beautiful joints so that she doesn’t need a joint replacement at an early age.  The mechanical wear and tear on the joints and the inflammation excess fat can cause are still unfortunate risks that can be greatly improved by maintaining a healthy weight.”

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