All About Your Health Concerns…

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Bariatric Surgery to Treat Menopausal Weight Gain?
Dear Timi,
I am a 43 year old woman who has been fit and thin all her life but experiences now very rapid weight gain, despite of continued exercising (a minimum of 5 times a week and fairly rigorously). My doctor has suggested I may have been thrown into early menopause due to stress associated with adrenal fatigue. I am very dismayed about all this and think of having lap band procedures done, which may soon be available for people who are not truly obese but are trying to lose weight without success. Do you agree that this would be a good step for me to take at this time? Thank you so much for any response at all!

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Are Vegetarians at Higher Risk for Iron Deficiency?
Dear Timi,
I have recently been diagnosed with iron deficiency. My doctor blames it squarely on my eating habits as a vegan and urges me to consider “a more balanced diet” that includes at least some meat, which I don’t want to do. He also suggested that I take iron in form of vitamin supplement pills. What else do you think I should do?

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Baby Fat – Natural Occurrence or Cause for Concern?
Dear Timi,
My three year old son was recently diagnosed as overweight. His six year old sister faces similar problems, being borderline obese. Our doctor, who has known both my children since birth, says I shouldn’t worry too much because they will outgrow the extra weight over time. My husband and I have weight issues as well and so do most members of both our families. My husband says that we are just a bunch of “extra large” people and should accept that as a fact of nature. But I’m concerned about my kids’ health in the future. Your thoughts?

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Health Concerns of Families Traveling with Young Children
Dear Timi,
I am planning a trip to Africa to attend a wedding and would like to bring my granddaughter along who’s only 8 years old. We would be staying at a beach resort in Zanzibar and would not be traveling to other parts of Africa to avoid exposing her to more dangers than absolutely necessary. Am I crazy to invite the child on this trip? Of course, I would have her get all the inoculations she needs, but I wonder if she’s old enough to take medicine against malaria?

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Overweight but Otherwise Healthy – Still at Risk?
Dear Timi,
Although I’m probably thirty to forty pounds over my ideal weight, I’m healthy and feel fine about being a little chunky. I eat well and exercise regularly. Should I still be concerned about being overweight?

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I’m Trying to Lose Weight, but I’m Not Getting the Support I Need
Dear Timi,
I have gone on a fitness and weight loss program and have already had some success. The problem is that my husband, who also could lose a few pounds, has no interest in joining me and does not want to change the ways he likes to eat. At this point, I’m cooking different meals for him and myself. Should I try harder to convince him that better eating habits would be beneficial for him as well?
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Crash Diets – Do They Work?
Dear Timi,
I’m considering going on a quick weight loss diet to get ready for a reunion. My husband says I look great as I am, but I want to lose about ten pounds, just for the event. Unfortunately, I have only a few days left to achieve my goal.  Should I have any health concerns about “starving” myself just for a short period of time?

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What’s Wrong with Carbonated Sodas?
Dear Timi,
The controversy over a new “soda tax” – an extra tax on soft drinks – has me thinking about my own kids’ soda consumption. I’ve never paid much attention to the issue before, but now I wonder if I do them a disfavor by letting them have as many soft drinks as they want. Am I worrying too much?

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Kids Can Gain Weight in Response to Stress
Dear Timi,
My 12-year old grand-daughter is getting chunky. I’m alarmed by this since she was always a healthy and athletic girl who never had any weight concerns until now. Her parents are getting divorced and I suspect that her newly acquired eating disorders have something to do with the stress she’s experiencing from this unfortunate event in her life. What can I do to prevent her from becoming overweight or worse?
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Picky Eaters – How Concerned Should You Be If Your Child Refuses to Eat Right?
Dear Timi,
My three year old must be the pickiest eater in the world. I’m having the hardest time to make him eat at least one full meal a day. It’s beginning to concern me that he may not get even his most basic nutritional needs met. I have tried many things to trick him into eating without much success and I’m reaching the end of my wits. Any ideas how to convince this little “hard head” that he must eat his food?
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2 thoughts on “All About Your Health Concerns…

  1. Dear Timi, Your website is impressive. Are you available for individual consultations. I would like to talk with you about meal planning and how to kick my sugar habit. I am on the path toward weight loss and exercise regularly, but with so many diets being advertised, I am not sure what to eat anymore. Thank you, Claire

    • Dear Claire,
      Unfortunately, I’m not able to accept any more clients for one-on-one counseling. I certainly understand your confusion over choosing the right weight loss regimen. You are not alone. The best advice I can give is to consult with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s website, “Eat Right” (www.eatright.org). You’ll find a rich treasure trove of useful information there and, hopefully, some guidance toward you weight loss goal. You can also locate a dietitian who works in your area on this site. Best of luck.
      Timi

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