Studies show that the vast majority of people who lose 50 percent or more of their body weight (whether through surgery or lifestyle change) report being unhappy with their bodies later. Why? Because even after all the work and the weight loss, losin... Read more
When you hear the term "arthritis," you probably imagine painful and stiff joints. While that is pretty accurate (arthritis literally means "joint inflammation"), there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, which is... Read more
SparkPeople.com provides free tools, resources and support for adults who want to improve their diets, establish a healthy lifestyle, get physically active, lose weight and/or manage their weight. We stand by our weight-loss, exercise and dietar... Read more
According to Webster's Dictionary, the word “old” is defined as “having been in use for a long time,” “worn, dilapidated, ancient, or decayed by time.” After an experience as a volunteer at the 1995 St. Louis S... Read more
Editor's Note: SparkPeople first asked for your help in fighting childhood obesity a few years ago, but with the recent launch of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign to combat childhood obesity, we updated this article and add... Read more
I'm seriously considering a Breast Lift/Reduction and a Tummy Tuck when I get to within about 20-30 pounds of my goal weight. Wondering if anyone would care to share their real life experience.... Read more
I'm only 44, but have one and will have surgery. Not sure when yet. But, it could be a few weeks before I can do strenuous exercise again. I am a little disturbed by this because exercise is a great stress/anxiety release for me. I started the couch... Read more
Hi I had back surgery back in April, they removed a disk and fused it. I also have 1 slightly herniated disk that doesn't cause discomfort. I want to get back on track with exercising but I don't want to over do it either. Right now I do physical t... Read more
I have been told that I will need surgery for severe hiatal hernia next month. Approximately 3/4 of my stomach is always above my diaphragm. While I do have GERD, its the shortness of breath that is really my problem. I can't breathe because my stom... Read more
Hello everyone! It's taken me a long time to figure out that the cause of my obesity is in my mind (stress and anxiety) and that the symptoms are my over eating and exercise avoidance. I am just trying to manage the size of my behind by being mindful... Read more
By Beth Donovan, ~INDYGIRL
It's not easy finding a doctor you like, especially when you're overweight. Some unlucky patients are simply told that their symptoms will go away if they lose weight, without any diagnostic testing to see if the... Read more
Although National Nutrition Month is winding down, our focus on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles will continue all year long. As more and more focus shines on reducing childhood obesity by improving family health habits, the importance of fin... Read more
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