ATnT Wellness March-April 2011: Weight Loss

Posted: March 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March-April 2011
Wellness Department

New Approaches in Weight Loss


By Paula Simpson, B.Sc., R.N.C.P., Contributing Editor & Advisor

Obesity, negative body image, and quality of life are inextricably linked. Compared with normal-weight individuals, obese persons overestimate or distort body size more, are more dissatisfied and preoccupied with physical appearance. Body image dissatisfaction (BID) has been described as the most consistent psychosocial consequence of obesity. This type of patient is often one who seeks treatments and advice within the medical aesthetic practice.

More recently, both invasive and noninvasive body contouring treatments have been increasingly used as a method to obtain quick results. However, many patients report the results may be more short-term and seek programs that will incorporate long-term results with an improved quality of life. Because of this demand, many medical aesthetic clinics are complimenting dietary and nutraceutical protocols to enhance the overall effects of body contouring treatments, while promoting an improved quality of life.

Obesity occurs through a long standing imbalance between energy intake and energy expenditure, influenced by a complex biologic system that regulates appetite, endocrine function, and metabolism. Obesity is a well known risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other health problems, that when collectively combined, are defined as Metabolic Syndrome. Metabolic Syndrome is a growing and complex disorder combining obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and insulin resistance. It is a primary risk factor for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, two-thirds of Americans are now either…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Paula Simpson

About the Author
Paula Simpson, B.A.Sc. (Nutrition), R.N.C.P.
is the Executive Director of Isocell North America and holds a degree in Nutrition. She has over 15 years of experience in consulting, public relations, product formulation, and program development for the Nutraceutical and Medical Aesthetic Industry. Her role as a Scientific Evaluator and Regulatory Consultant for some of the top nutraceutical companies worldwide has solidified her reputation as a leader in research and development for innovative natural health products. Ms. Simpson can be contacted at Visit their website:

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