I found myself in the trenches of the war on obesity in 2000 when I began working as a general pediatrician at a local community clinic in Southern California. I immediately became aware of the day-to-day barriers that my patients were facing and I began to take on the responsibility of making sure that the children I was seeing would not only survive, but also thrive.
A recent survey from Technology Advice found that 25 percent of adults are using a fitness tracker or smartphone app to track their health, weight, or exercise. But according to a report from Venture Beat, physicians are hesitant of the data produced by fitness trackers.
The world is a much different place since the iPhone was released this month just 6 years ago in 2007. Because of our smart mobile devices, we talk, text and tweet, shop wisely, travel expediently, and socialize even when alone.
When it comes to discussing exercise, it seems that many of us are at a loss for words. What kind of exercise should I recommend? How much exercise is enough? How much is too much? How do I know that my patient is actually exercising? How do I prescribe exercise? As you can imagine, there are apps for this!
Holidays provide opportunities to spend time with friends and family, but also the chance to overindulge on food and alcohol. Here's a way to keep your consumption in check and keep your exercise regimen on track?