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Thinking About Obesity

posted by Julie O'Toole on February 26, 2014 at 6:40pm

Thinking about obesity: calmly, rationally and outside the box

When I was a rotating intern at Sacred Heart Medical Center, long ago, I attended rounds with the then head of medicine Dr. Patrick Tennison. Dr. Tennison was a thin, dark haired, intense guy who years later would save my life, but at that time was obsessed with imbuing young doctors with a sense of urgency about diagnostic dilemmas. He was more like a highly competitive detective than your typical doctor.  

“The main…

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Weight Restoration 2.0

posted by Julie O'Toole on February 20, 2014 at 2:59am

At Kartini Clinic we have been embarking on something we call “weight restoration 2.0”.  In other words we are trying to move beyond mere weight restoration (as critical as that is) towards a deeper assessment of each patient’s full physical recovery.  We have noticed, over the years of faithfully weight restoring each and every patient, that people respond differently to recovery from starvation, depending no doubt on their genetics and on the duration of their illness. Just one…

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Eating for Life

posted by Julie O'Toole on November 27, 2013 at 11:59pm

A recent book by UCSF professor and pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig -- horridly titled Fat Chance -- has turned my mind to past discussions of our program’s dietary recommendations, aka the Kartini Meal Plan.

In its primary and original form the Kartini Meal Plan was developed to refeed children with restrictive eating disorders and weight loss following principles I have spoken about before: real food, cooked at home, eaten together in a spirit of joy.  Kartini’s Meal…

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Selective Eating revisited

posted by Julie O'Toole on November 7, 2013 at 1:30am

I recently blogged on one of the childhood eating disorders (incidentally not yet recognized as such in the DSM system) called selective eating.  I got a deluge of parental comment and interest, which I would like to try and address here.

What exactly is selective eating?

Selective eating (SE) is a condition present since earliest childhood where a child eats only a very narrow range of foods and refuses all others and yet where his or her linear growth is normal. Such children are…

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The Kartini Meal Plan De-Mystified

posted by Julie O'Toole on October 17, 2013 at 12:17am

There is a common misconception out there that Kartini patients are fed on a strict meal plan for the rest of their lives.  But what exactly is our meal plan? And while we talking about it, what's our approach to meals and food in general?

Well…

  1. there’s the “parents in charge” (of all meals) thing

  2. there’s the recording on the food journal thing

  3. there’s the family dinners thing/ home cooking thing

  4. there’s the whole-milk-no-low-fat thing

  5. there’s the…

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DNA Detective

posted by Julie O'Toole on September 12, 2013 at 1:18am

I read an article about an artist/scientist who creates models of perfect strangers from bits of their DNA extracted from hair and bodily detritus left behind, inadvertently, by all of us every day.  Her name is Heather.  An innocuous enough sounding name, right?

Watch this video and you are guaranteed to have your mind blown.  And by blown, I mean blown apart, because so many different issues are raised in such a short video that it’s hard to even list them all.   And what strikes…

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The importance of cooking at home

posted by Julie O'Toole on September 4, 2013 at 8:23pm

For those of you who remain unconvinced that the value of home cooking goes beyond the cost savings, please be aware of the effects that processed food packaging can have on all of us, especially on infants and children.

An increasing body of research has suggested that obesity may be associated with (triggered by? exacerbated by? caused by?) so-called “obesogens” in our environment, such as known endocrine disruptor Bisphenol-A (aka BPA).

Take the example of green beans.  Say you…

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The little boy who cried wolf

posted by Julie O'Toole on July 31, 2013 at 9:50pm

On  Science Friday recently Ira Flato interviewed Professor Susan Swithers about her research on artificial sweeteners.  You know the keywords: Splenda, Stevia, Equal, diet soda, zero calorie drinks, sugar-free gum….

 

These items have never been included in the Kartini meal plan and we ask our parents not to have them in the home.  Dr. Swithers now brings a relevant and interesting perspective on such super-sweet chemicals, especially in light of some of our newer metabolic tests…

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Who You Callin’ Fat?

posted by Julie O'Toole on July 3, 2013 at 10:50pm

Patient:  I have battled with my weight all my life, doctor.  It's my major health issue.

Doctor:  What does that mean, Susan?

Patient:  (irritated) It means, doctor, that I have been fat since I was a kid.

Doctor:  I see.  Are other family members overweight too?

Patient:  The word is fat.  F.A.T.  Let's call it what it is.  And no, they aren't.  I was adopted.

Doctor:  In that case, Susan, it seems reasonable to assume that your weight problem is not a result of anything you…

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Diet and exercise: the obsessions that will not die

posted by Julie O'Toole on June 27, 2013 at 6:27am

Aaargh! 

Although dieting has been shown repeatedly to be destructive, counter-productive and useless in most settings (i.e. you re-gain everything you lose and then some…), it simply will not die as a panacea for improving health.  The belief in weight loss/dieting and exercise as a health tool is so entrenched that people, even highly educated people, continue to insist that the emperor does have clothes, despite all evidence to the contrary.

I was happily reading over-due emails…

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