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 vascularanesthesia.com 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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