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Category: Weight Loss

Obesity: Genetics or Willpower – Dr. David Shafer

Most people believe that maintaining a healthy weight is just a matter of diet and exercise. But what if it’s not that simple? Is it possible that it may not be just a matter of willpower and self-control? UT Health Northeast diabetes expert Dr. David Shafer explores the ins and outs of this epic battle in the latest post to HealthConnection.TV.

Is being overweight just a matter of eating more calories than you body needs or are there other factors involved? (first question)

Do your genes or family history affect whether or not you are overweight or obese? What are the environmental factors that play a role in obesity? (skip to 1:44)

What is metabolism and is it accurate to say that some people have a “fast” metabolism and some have a “slow” one? (skip to 3:56)

Some scientists believe genetic disorders are the primary reason people are overweight. Others believe issues like the easy availability of high-fat foods and lack of exercise are responsible for the obesity epidemic. Who’s right? (skip to 4:59)

In reading articles about obesity and genetics, one frequently sees the term “twin studies.” What does that term mean? (skip to 6:13)

What is Leptin and why is it referred to as the obesity hormone?” (skip to 7:42)

What is the “hunger hormone?” (skip to 9:31)

Based on what we know now, what are the best tools to combat obesity? (skip to 12:02)

Why is losing weight such a struggle? (skip to 13:54)

What role do you think genetics will have on the future treatment of obesity? (skip to 15:35)

New FDA-approved Weight Loss Drugs – Gerald Brown, PA

For the first time in many years, the FDA has approved two new medications for use in promoting weight loss. Physician Assistant Gerald Brown from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler answers questions about these medications in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

The FDA has approved the release of two new diet drugs. What are they and how do the work? (first question)

Who will be approved to take these new drugs? (skip to 1:33)

Who should not take them? (skip to 1:55)

Are these new medications safe? (skip to 2:25)

The FDA has not approved new diet drugs in over a decade. Why were these medications approved? (skip to 3:27)

Among the problems with prior weight loss medications was that of rebound weight gain. Will that be a problem with these new medications as well? (skip to 5:20)

When will these new medications be available in pharmacies? (skip to 6:11)

If someone is considering asking his or her provider to prescribe either of these new drugs, what should be considered first? (skip to 7:09)