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Change: One man’s steady struggle to become healthier

September 9, 2011
  • By Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

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Patrick J. Skerrett, Former Executive Editor, Harvard Health

Pat Skerrett is the editor of STAT's First Opinion and host of the First Opinion podcast. He is the former editor of the Harvard Health blog and former Executive Editor of Harvard Health Publishing. Before that, he was editor of … See Full Bio
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September 12, 2011

An interesting story. I work closely with a top nutritionist and exercise physiologist. He has worked with more than 20 thousand patients in his private practice, many of whom were referred to him by their physicians, because of weight related medical conditions. These people know that they need to lose weight before coming to see him. They also know that in order to lose weight, and keep it off, they need to change the way in which they eat and they need to become more active physically. The work that he first does with a patient is to help them find their own personal motivation for losing weight. He does not begin work with them until they find this, because his experience has taught him that they will not achieve a permanent loss of weight if they do not have a compelling reason to do so.

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September 11, 2011

Great Post you guys!

Cheers, Mark Watson
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Christi Johnson
September 10, 2011

I am doing all I can to lose weight and be healthy. I like that Kevin was able to make such a dramatic change to his body, but for some people (like me) the struggle is daily and seems to be impossible. It’s encouraging to read this.

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Oliver Birnso
September 9, 2011

It’s never too late to make these adjustments in lifestyle that are life-saving.

The first thing to do so as to change for the better is to make an effort to acquire health knowledge that is currently available. Mild inconvenience in carrying out normal daily activities, which may initially be noticed, is often ignored. If early signs of health problems begin to show up then that becomes an added incentive for the still doubting Thomases.

When action is taken, pathological changes begin to give way to healthy physiological and anatomical norms. This starts when what might have been considered ‘irreversible’ begins to reverse form.

Allison O'Donnell
September 9, 2011

You can find the original editorial from the American Journal of Health Promotion at:

P.J. Skerrett
September 12, 2011

Thanks, Allison. My post also included links to the original article.

PJ Skerrett

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