Is Obesity a Chronic Disease?

Obesity is a chronic disease, affecting about 36.5 percent of adults in the United States. It’s often linked to a myriad of conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, some types of cancer, type 2 diabetes, joint disease, and many more. While many people blame...

Knox Woman Finds Success with Weight Loss Surgery

From Fort Sanders Regional Health & Lifestyles Three years ago, Whitney Copeland was at her heaviest weight: 318 pounds. Working as a medical assistant for a general and vascular surgeon, she is on her feet most of the day. She recalls experiencing difficulty...

No More Mr. Big Guy: Rocky Top Man Loses 400 Lbs.

Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles John Dougherty was the big man in town. “There could be guys over 6 feet tall in the room, but I was always ‘the big guy’ because I weighed 625 pounds and was 5-foot-9. I wasn’t overweight – I was ‘under tall,” he said jokingly....

Healthy Holiday Food Choices for Bariatric Patients

There are so many family traditions tied to food that have followed us through life. This is why holidays can be tough for many bariatric patients. Sticking to your recommended eating plan during these festivities may seem impossible but with careful planning, it can...