Obesity is a Chronic Disease

According to data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a third of adults in the United States are obese. Obesity is a condition characterized by having too much fat in the body. Using the Body Mass Index (BMI), a person with a BMI of 30 and above is considered obese. Factors Leading […]

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A blessing for body, mind and spirit

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles In the last 18 months, Debra Hinson, 50, has lost nearly 100 pounds. The Sevierville resident said she has revamped not only her body, but her mind and spirit as well. “I have been on every diet that you can possibly think of my whole life,” Hinson said. […]

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Husband and Wife Find Answer to Weight Loss Battle

It takes a lot of energy to be the parent of teenagers, and that energy is harder to come by if you’re morbidly obese. When Daniel and Stacey Rorie began having trouble keeping up with their kids, they decided it was time to do something about it. The Rories, who live in Blaine, Tenn., have […]

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Life gets better every day – Rogers finds Knoxville surgeon for life-changing procedure

Moments of joy can come from the strangest of circumstances. Lori Rogers’ laundry is a perfect example. She was going about the mundane task of folding clothes when she stopped to look at a pair of her shorts. She held them up, and that’s when she got that little burst of happiness. “Never in my […]

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New Guidelines Give Physicians Roadmap for Obesity Treatment

The November 2013 release of new guidelines for the management of overweight and obese patients by the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Associates, and the Obesity Society is a significant step forward in fighting America’s obesity epidemic.

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Clinically Speaking: Something to celebrate: Bariatric surgery leads to healthier lives

In December, my partner, Dr. Jonathan Ray, and I have the opportunity to take part in something special – the Foothills Weight Loss Specialists and Blount Memorial Weight Management Center fashion show featuring bariatric surgery patients.

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Obesity is a Disease Now. But, Is this a Victory?

In June, the nation’s largest group of physicians, the American Medical Association, voted to recognize obesity as a disease. The decision could have broad implications for the approximately 90 million Americans who are considered obese.

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Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy Produces Results for Patients

Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy, also known as the gastric sleeve, was first introduced in 2005, and we’ve been performing the procedure since 2008. As of March 2011, we’ve performed 65 gastric sleeve procedures and are pleased with the results.

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Flying High after Weight Loss

Looking at Jill Mayfield today, you see an active, healthy and happy 47-year-old mother of two. It’s hard to believe that just 18 months earllier, this fit and trim lady had a difficult time fitting into an airline seat and fastening the seatbelt.

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A “Measure” for Weight Management Success

Whether you’re trying to lose weight or to maintain weight, Foothills Weight Loss Specialists now offers a customized way to gauge the number of calories you should consume in order to achieve success.

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