Ms. Gloria Fleming and Dr. George Bray

Patient: Gloria Fleming, Saint Gabriel, LA Clinician: George Bray, M.D., Chief, Clinical Obesity and Metabolic Diseases (Diabetes), Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University Specialty: Clinical Research Twenty-five years ago, Gloria Fleming had a feeling that something was wrong with her health. She was tired all the time, even after a good night’s sleep, and […]

Ms. Donna Marie Bloomquest and Dr. Henry Anhalt

Patient: Donna Marie Bloomquest, Brooklyn, NY Clinician: Henry Anhalt, M.D., Infants and Children’s Hospital of Brooklyn at Maimonides; SUNY Downstate Specialty: Pediatric Endocrinology – Childhood Obesity Approximately three years ago, nine-year-old Donna Marie Bloomquest began to gain weight unexplainably. Not an overeater or one to be sedentary, Donna Marie’s body was suddenly changing for no apparent […]

New Data Analysis Shows Possible Link between Childhood Obesity and Allergies

A new study indicates there may be yet another reason to reduce childhood obesity — it may help prevent allergies. The study published in the May issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology showed that obese children and adolescents are at increased risk of having some kind of allergy, especially to a food. (National […]


Issues and Options The most important thing a person can do to combat obesity is to prevent obesity before it develops. But for those who need to treat or manage obesity, there are numerous options to consider. Weight loss and weight management efforts to combat obesity require a balanced combination of behavioral change and medical […]

Glossary Of Terms

Abdominal fat – fat that is centrally distributed between the thorax and pelvis. Adipocytes – fat cells. Adrenal – two triangular-shaped glands above the kidney that produce cortisol and stress hormones. Angina pectoris – Severe pain in the chest associated with an insufficient supply of blood to the heart. Atherosclerosis – the buildup of plaques […]

Obesity-Related Diseases

Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes More than 80 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, are obese or overweight. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III shows that two-thirds of adult men and women in the U.S. diagnosed […]

Simple Tools Help Parents Understand a Child’s Risk of Obesity, Make Positive Changes

According to a study performed in the North Carolina Children’s Hospital, researchers confirmed previous reports that parents of overweight or obese children do not recognize their child’s weight problem. But this time, by arming pediatricians with a “toolkit,” an easily used chart and a series of questions and suggestions, the researchers addressed several problems. (University […]

New Scientific Study Indicates that Eating Quickly is Associated with Overeating

According to a new study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM), eating a meal quickly, as compared to slowly, curtails the release of hormones in the gut that induce feelings of being full. The decreased release of these hormones, can often lead to overeating. “Most of us […]