America is the fattest nation in the Western world with total obesity rates approaching 40%. According to the Journal of American Medical Association, non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (49.5%) compared with Mexican Americans (40.4%), all Hispanics (39.1%) and non-Hispanic whites (34.3%). Medical problems related to obesity include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, which are some of the leading causes of preventable death. The solution is simple: eat healthier and exercise, but it is the most challenging solution to implement. Billions of dollars are spent every year in medical research to find the “fat genes,” in weight loss drugs, gym memberships, and weight loss and diet centers. The answer never changes. The best method for losing weight and keeping it off is to stop dieting and make a lifestyle change. Time to busts some myths! Myth number one: dieters believe when the weight comes off, they can go back to the same old diet. We are programmed to have a set number of fat cells. They don’t go away. They just return to storing excess calories when available. Myth number two: I can eat anything I want because I workout every day. The truth is some weight loss is achieved through exercise, but if you are eating 3000 calories a day, but only burning about 500 calories a workout, you are gaining weight. How many times have you heard people say, “it must be my thyroid, I workout everyday and I can’t lose weight.” Obesity is a difficult subject because it also carries an emotional component too often forgotten in the rush to drop pounds. We at Medical Arts recognize the painful truth that weight issues and obesity are a multi-factorial problem requiring special care and focus on all the circumstances surrounding weight. We have had success in helping people get on the right path to good healthy eating habits. We have seen many patients meet their weight-loss goals. We believe in a holistic approach that addresses all of your needs, be it emotional, spiritual, or simply moral support. If we can’t provide it, then we will coordinate with the many experts we work with who can. Together we can take the first steps toward a new you.