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Indie Excellence 2010 Book Awards Finalist

NEW! Indie Excellence 2010 Book Awards Finalist!

The conversation every obese patient wants to have with their doctor and every doctor wants to have with every obese patient.

“A book that everyone struggling with excess weight should read – more importantly, a book that every obesity researcher, health professional and decision maker should read” When the Heart Causes Obesity
Dr. Arya Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, Professor of Medicine & Chair for Cardiovascular Obesity Research and Management at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and Scientific Director of the Canadian Obesity Network

“That’s where the value of this book lies: it is an exemplar, it bears witness to what we might do in everyday practice. When did we last ask a patient how they felt about having cancer or a stroke or dying? What is the price that we each, as doctor or as patient, pay for this?” Review by Vincent J Felitti, MD, FACP, Senior Editor of The Permanente Journal, Fall 2010 – Volume 14 Number 3

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Obesity and overweight are NOT the same. Diets and exercise make obesity worse! Dr. Sara Stein, author of Obese From The Heart, talks about the differences between overweight and obesity, how to stop struggling, and where to begin. KMOV-TV Great Day St Louis Host Carol Daniel interviews.

So, Skinny Trainer, What Do You Know About Being Fat? new blog post by Chris Heidel from Libra Fitness in Austin TX

Rambly Post About Stress Blogger Linda Eaves talks about the adjustments of major weight loss

Finally a book comes along that answers why we are obese. Overweight is a lifestyle issue – simple thermodynamic imbalance – too many calories in, not enough calories burned. Any diet and exercise program that is enjoyable will help you succeed. Obesity, on the other hand, is a medical condition of serious inflammation, chronic pain, disordered metabolism, altered brain chemistry, food sensitivities, and serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Applying severe restrictive diet and exercise to an ailing body may worsen, not improve, the obese person’s health. Any obese person knows that our current prescription of behavior modification fails to address the underlying causes of obesity, and sets the obese person up for regaining lost weight. Gimmicky diets, quick-fix machines, and too-good-to-be-true weight loss programs only work on TV, and may even be making us fatter. Long-term success addresses the brain as well as the stomach!

Drawing on her own battles with weight loss and years of experience as a physician and a psychiatrist, Sara L. Stein, M.D., tackles obesity with a fresh, honest, and holistic approach. Losing weight is the result of treating the whole person, mending Mind, Body, and Spirit. This is a why-not book, a what-about-me book, a my-turn-now book. Obese From the Heart addresses the everyday challenges of obesity – the fruitless struggle to lose weight, the self-conscious embarrassment of first impressions, and the hopeless, hollow chorus of ‘I’ll start tomorrow…’. Starting from the inside out, Dr. Stein teaches healthy, balanced, and energetic living that anyone can practice starting now.

“We are all connected.

My health reflects your energy.

My love is an expression of your loyalty.

My blessing is the song of your heart.

And so it goes.

When you are tired, I am in pain.

When you are alone, I weep.

When I am isolated from the flow of the universe, I cannot fill up, no matter how much I eat.”

Sara Stein, MD, Obese From The Heart


January 2011
Anon: the first time I ever heard that the body comes first was on this page ,,I was told i am an emotional eater all the time ,,and as a sufferer of PCOS I never understood why i can’t feel full from food like other people do ,,and u post stuff that makes me get relieved and more aware about my condition so thank u 🙂

by the way you posted once about a candida sufferer and how he got over it and it encouraged me to get tested for that and food insensitivity and i got a whole list of foods that i didn’t expect that they effect me negatively like chickpeas and green tea ,,once i omitted these foods from my diet my knee pain went away and my sinus stuffiness and I got better skin less water retention and better overall energy which in turn effects the spirit so i agree with you on body then mind then spirit ,,:)

Sara L. Stein, M.D. That is a beautiful story!! I’d like to retell it without your name attached. I’m so pleased you’re starting to feel better! If you are allergic to chickpeas – watch out for other legumes like…SOY!!!

Anon ‎:) 🙂 well I wouldn’t have gotten tested if i haven’t stumbled through your page 🙂
I was tested for soy and it is on the safe foods list ,,my family and friends always ask me what diet i am on because i look less puffy and better and for… real i haven’t lost but four pounds but for months i was on anti candida diet that got me rid of it (that pills couldn’t) and now i watch out and stay away from foods that are bad for me(sensitive to ) because life feels so good when you feel good and healthy even though i am still obese.

you can’t imagine how far you are spreading knowledge doctor 🙂

TESTIMONIAL FROM SOMEONE I’VE TREATED IN OFFICE: You can use me for a testimonial. I have lost 25 pounds since I first came to you for help and started on the gluten free diet. You encouragement and guidance got me started on the road to excellent health. My AIC and cholesterol scores have plummeted!

Latest Amazon Reviews 1/28/2010

5.0 out of 5 stars Searingly honest, painfully funny and deeply thoughtful, September 29, 2009
By Philippa Kennealy “The Entrepreneurial MD bus… (Los Angeles, CA United States)
Dr Stein has poured her professional AND personal heart out into her part memoir – part guide about coming to terms with living as a fat (she unstintingly owns that word) person in a highly judgmental world.
From her shrewd and perceptive psychiatrist’s viewpoint, she describes the stigma obesity carries in the minds of both her medical colleagues and the general public.
Laced with philosophy (“We are all connected. My health reflects your energy. My love is an expression of your loyalty. My blessing is the song of your heart. And so it goes. When you are tired, I am in pain. When you are alone, I weep. When I am isolated from the flow of the universe I cannot fill up, no matter how much I eat.”), humor, insight, education about the workings of the brain, and practical advice, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever felt the pain of being fat or who wants an inside glimpse into a fat person’s world.
And what’s more, the medical descriptions are within anyone’s grasp:
(“Your brain is a joy machine. It has all the ability to bliss-you-out for hours naturally.
What I had to learn was: what ELSE besides food would provide that explosion of joy?
And what else would make it last and heal my body in the process?
Your body releases dopamine in response to pleasurable activities, including food, sex, sleep, exercise, laughing, singing, painting, and gardening.
Your body releases acetylcholine and GABA for relaxation in response to quieting your mind through meditation, prayer, yoga, and petting your animal.”)
Bravo for your courage and your clarity, Dr. Stein! You will touch and even potentially heal many lives with this book.

5.0 out of 5 stars So many ah-hah moments, January 28, 2010
By Deborah S. Mendez “Calming Collar Lady” (Tampa, FL)
A must read for anyone that struggles with being obese — or knows someone who does. There were so many aha moments as I read this book. Dr. Stein really helped me to understand what my body was trying to tell me — or at least how to better listen to my body. Once you have read the book, I suggest you follow @sarasteinmd on twitter. It is like having your own personal coach, shrink and mentor — one who struggles with the same issues you do and offers up ideas and suggestions to help.

5.0 out of 5 stars A book everyone should read! January 12, 2010
By Joellen K. Salkin “JoEllen Salkin” (OH, US)
“Everyone should read Obese From the Heart! I laughed, I cried and I learned so much about the more than one-third of Americans who are obese. Dr Stein presents a thoughtful and personal insight into the lives of individuals we all know and love. Chapter 18, Where Do I Begin, is a list of steps for practicing “loving kindness to yourself and your body.” These are not just for those who are overweight—these steps are for all of us! An easy and rewarding read—order your copy today!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Telling it like it is, January 10, 2010
By Mindy Rader
Obese From the Heart is an inspirational accomplishment. Based on her personal experiences, Dr. Stein talks about weight struggle and the uncompromising suffering that goes along with it and ways to deal with it. With humor and light heartedness she reveals her own frustration and suffering. The book is an excellent tool for all people who face to some degree a weight issue. To embrace good physical and mental health and to make the best of what we are born with. This is what I believe Dr. Stein wants us to learn from her book.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book on Many Different Levels! December 27, 2009
By Kris K. Mahan “kkmah” (Maryland)
Wow! A really good book to read. A psychiatrist writes of her personal struggles with weight. Her knowledge is not only personal, deeply reflective, but written as an expert in human nature. I learned as much about emotions, mental health, spiritual truth as I did about obesity. Normally, I skip around in books, often reading several books at a time, but upon reading a few pages, I was “hooked” and was motivated to read the entire book straight through. In fact, I learned so much that I underlined a great many sentences that “spoke” to me. I absolutely recommend this book and feel certain that overweight or not, everyone can learn about themselves from reading it. This is a book that I will reread again and again. It is my hope that Dr. Stein will continue to write about this subject & other mental health issues. Thank you Dr. Stein for sharing your personal story and your knowledge with us!

5.0 out of 5 stars December 10, 2009
By Abigail Turner “Abby Turner” (Western Massachusetts)
What a great book! Sara is smart and tender and straight forward and full of great information.
For many years people have suggested that I need to love myself. I didn’t know what they were talking about. Now I do. And it doesn’t sound impossible.
Her gentleness opens my heart and makes me think, ‘Oh, maybe I could make some of the changes she suggests. She is happier and healthier. And she says that I can have some of that too.’
What a great book!

4.0 out of 5 stars Truth about fat, December 5, 2009
By Barbara S. Sweeten “Sundance” (Central Vermont)
this book was a fast and easy to read treat. i could relate to what she said but wished she went into more depth. i would recommend it to others

5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Engaging, November 28, 2009
By Chris Heidel “Libra Fitness” (Austin, TX)
I absolutely loved this book. As a personal trainer, I work with obese clients, but I am never quite sure how to approach their food addictions. Dr. Stein’s book taught me some new things and also confirmed some of what I already knew. Her approach is honest and realistic. She doesn’t mince words, and she outlines for those of us who are thin what it feels like to be fat and how in the end, we are more the same than different. In addition, she provides practical tips for treating the whole person and moving towards healing.

5.0 out of 5 stars November 9, 2009 By Gail Kopelowitz
A great book – easy to read, engaging and enlightening. The author tells her story with sensitivity, including valuable insights and understanding into the underlying emotional and addictive factors contributing to obesity. A must read – the recommendations will change your life and guide you to healing your mind and body.


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