Obstacles To Weight Loss: What Gets In The Way? (cont.)

Katz: In general, once the thyroid condition is treated, the same dietary recommendations would pertain to you as to anyone else. But as you doubtless know, when overweight is very severe, more aggressive treatment options should at least be considered. Your weight may be compromising your health and you may not be able to lose as much as you need to through lifestyle change. If that is so, you should discuss weight loss interventions such as medication or perhaps even surgery with your physician. But again, the dietary practices and physical activity recommendations that are useful to everyone else should be equally useful to you. I wish you good health.

Moderator: We are almost out of time. Before we wrap up for today, do you have any final comments for us, Dr. Katz?

Katz: We live in a modern environment that is very challenging to us. We are creatures well adapted to high levels of physical activity and having barely enough to eat. What we have constructed around ourselves is a world where we are increasingly inactive and have altogether too much good food to eat all the time. We have no natural defenses against this modern environment. We are like polar bears in the Sahara Desert. But we are smarter than the average bear. We can acquire the knowledge, the power, the skills, and strategies to overcome the many challenges to lifelong health and weight control. It is sharing these skills and strategies to which The Way to Eat is devoted. People can learn more about the book by checking out www.thewaytoeat.net. Thanks for chatting with me!

Moderator: We are out of time. Thanks for joining us, members, and thanks to David Katz, MD, for being our guest. For more information on eating well for lifelong weight management, be sure to pick up Dr. Katz's book, The Way to Eat. And explore the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic Community. Goodbye and good health!

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