Medical Director and Founder of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine
Pro to the question "Is Obesity a Disease?"
"Obesity, like alcoholism, depression, and anxiety, is a disease. There are definite medical patterns: hormone imbalances, neurotransmitter deficiencies and nutritional exhaustion that all contribute to obesity. Many of my patients that are obese have underlying medical issues that need to be addressed.
I agree that there are behavior patterns that contribute to obesity, but these same behavior patterns are rooted in other biological factors. Stress, the standard American diet and the industrialization of food have all been blamed in the obesity epidemic. While all of these factors contribute to being obese, they also create critical biological imbalances that people cannot overcome, or do not have the tools or knowledge to understand how to change.
Diets and exercise regimens often fail simply because the underlying medical pathology has not been addressed. My approach is to evaluate a patient fully, including family history, exhaustive hormone evaluation, nutrient status, and life inventory to understand where to begin in treating this disease. There is no quick weight loss for the obese."
Statement to Prevention Magazine, "Is Obesity a Disease? Prevention Experts Weigh In," www.prevention.com, June 2013
Experts Individuals with MDs; individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to obesity and health; top-level federal government officials with significant involvement in obesity-related health issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Host, Upwave Health Minutes, Mar. 2014-present
Health Expert, TODAY show, 2012-present
Health Expert, The Dr. Oz Show, Jan. 2012-present
CEO, Founder, and Medical Director, Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, Jan. 2009-present
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Jan. 2006-present
Licensed physician with acupuncture privileges, 2000-present
Diplomate Fellow, AntiAging and Regenerative Medicine, American Academy of AntiAging Medicine
Board certification, pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine/Preventative Medicine, Emory University
Health Expert, MomCorps, MomDocs, and Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Board Member, Green of Hearts
Integrative Medicine Expert and Contributing Editor, Prevention Magazine, Jan. 2012-Apr. 2014
Fellow, Integrative Medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil, University of Arizona, 2006-2008
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician, WellStar Health System, 1999-2003
MD, Pediatrics and Women's Health, Medical College of Georgia, 1997