Video about teen obesity

In general, I like this NY Times video about teens struggling to lose weight, but there are several things I would criticize:

  1. I believe it is hard to eat enough veggies without cooking them.  Raw carrots and celery alone won’t get it for most folks.  I COOK 1/2 – 1 lb of green veggies (with spices and a TEAspoon of olive oil) for every lunch and dinner
  2. I don’t believe that 1/2 plate of “salad” is sufficient green veggies if it’s just 2 oz of iceberg lettuce.  I count on a larger weight of  veggies to help fill me and keep me satisfied.
  3. What’s that fat-filled dip doing with the celery???
  4. I believe the kid cooking at the end of the clip has far too much oil in the pan.  Olive oil is good, but unlimited quantities are not.

What I do like:

  1. The acknowledgment that physicians alone cannot fix the problem
  2. The use of “fun” exercise (handball), as opposed to boring exercise (sit-ups)
  3. The focus on inner-city kids, who are at high risk of obesity today, and diabetes and high blood pressure in the future (or maybe even now).

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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