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I’ve been doing this too long. I’ve lost touch with how many obesity bigots still roam the Earth. After 23 years of practice in bariatric medicine (medical weight loss), the concept of obesity as a disease is so deeply ingrained in my thoughts that I seldom ever stop to question it. That is until lately. Ever since the American Medical Association bravely decided to officially recognize obesity as a disease, the bigots have been coming out in force. 
And the bigots are loud mouths. “It’s laziness” they bellow. “Just reduce your calorie intake and stop whining” they scream on discussion boards. “Nothing wrong with a fat person that a plane crash in the Andes can’t fix” gloats some other jerk. “It’s called ‘personal responsibility’” taunts another.
Yeah right.
I have said this so many times in so many ways that I could scream but I need to say it again: willpower doesn’t have any role whatsoever in weight loss…NONE…ZERO. Willpower is for football games or investing, not for weight loss. Why? BECAUSE IT DOESN’T WORK! Never has, never will. Couldn’t cannot and won’t.
Why?
Because hunger is a SURVIVAL URGE. That means it’s just like breathing or thirst. That means that it runs over “willpower” like a steamroller on a worm.  Try to tackle hunger head on and it will pound you into dust. Sure people can resist it for a little while. With enough incentive that’s easy. But can you stay hungry the rest of your life? Not unless you’re locked in a cage with no choice. It’s NOT about “willpower”. 
Obesity is a disease. It’s a thousand, actually perhaps hundreds of thousands of insidious biochemical and neurochemical changes in the body and the brain that increase hunger, decrease appetite and turn a human life into a slow-moving train wreck. It’s horrible, sad, frightening and deadly and it’s a DISEASE as surely as cancer is a disease. 
And so I say quite sincerely to all the loudmouthed obesity bigots out there: shame on you! SHAME! How dare you presume to blame sick people for their condition! How dare you presume to compare your body to theirs! How dare you even open your big FAT mouths!
If you can’t grow-up at least have the common sense to SHUT-UP!
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What's the difference between corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup?
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There are some very stupid diets out there but this one takes first prize. Introducing the "feeding tube diet"...
http://www.hollandclinic.com/k-e-diet-albuquerque
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Diet may be the most important key to success in weight loss. If you are interested in the diet that we offer, information is just a click away.
http://www.hollandclinic.com/About-the-Medical-Weight-Loss-Program-at-Holland-Clinic/20-20-Diet
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Belviq is the newest weight loss drug to enter the US market. I have a brief synopsis of it here:
http://www.hollandclinic.com/Lorcaserin-Approved/belviq
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At long last the AMA in its infinite if sluggish wisdom has decided to declare the obvious: obesity is a disease. Still, it's a good think. You can read my take on it here:
http://www.hollandclinic.com/albuquerque-medical-weight-loss-clinic-bariatric-medicine-weight-doctor/ama-says-obesity-is-a-disease
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We are making a lot of improvements to our website and slowly but surely also trying to beef-up our visibility on social networks like Google +. Please keep an eye on us during this process. 
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We are finally making progress in getting appointments for all of you who remain interested in our medical weight loss program. If you have recently submitted to us an online form and you haven't yet heard back, please hang in there with us. We will be calling you in the next several days.
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