I have a personal research interest in obesity and related health problems, having been a regular attendant of the proceedings of the Hellenic Medical Association of Obesity. A great number of people presenting with related health concerns have visited my clinic over the last 5 years.
(Please note that obesity is a medical condition for the prevention and treatment of which you should seek your physician’s and/ or dietician’s help.)
Nutritional therapists are trained to sufficiently understand the pathogenesis factors (risk factors associated with the development of obesity) and other determinants of obesity. Some of the primary components of assessment of the obese patient and prevention/ intervention management are an integral part of nutritional therapy consultation: comprehensive history relating to personal and family medical history, evaluation of dietary habits, eating patterns and physical activity level, BMI measurement and laboratory examinations (primarily through referral to the patient’s physician). One of my tasks is to provide responsible and accurate general advice on the energy density of different foods and drinks, the importance of breakfast, snacking and physical exercise (Tsigos et al. 2008). It is also my role to help you identify the specific dietary and lifestyle behaviours that impact most on your management of weight, making you aware of the varying qualitative and qualitative relationships between specific foods and drinks and long-term weight gain (Mozaffarian et al., 2011).
Mozaffarian, D., Hao, T., Rimm, E. B., Willett, W. C. and Frank, B. (2011) Changes in Diet and Lifestyle and Long-Term Weight Gain in Women and Men. The New England Journal of Medicine. 364(25): 2392-2404
Tsigos, C., Hainer, V., Basdevant, A., Finer, N., Fried, M., Mathus-Vliegen, E., Micic, D., Maislos, M., Roman, G., Schutz, Y., Toplak, H., Zahorska-Markiewitcz; for the Obesity Management Task force of the European Association for the Study of Obesity. (2008) Management of Obesity in Adults: European Clinical Practice Guidelines. The European Journal of Obesity, Obesity facts. 1: 106-116