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- Psychiatrist Available to Discuss Unique Issues and Pressures Men Face When
it Comes to Weight Loss and Health - WHAT: National Men's Health Week is a nationwide effort giving health care providers, public policy makers and the media the opportunity to raise awareness of men's health issues and encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. In support of National Men's Health Week, Dr. Lucian Manu, a clinical psychiatry instructor at NYU Medical School specializing in weight control, obesity, emotional eating, and binge eating disorders, is working to raise awareness of the unique issues and pressures men face when it comes to weight loss and health. "When dealing with men and obesity, it is critical that we understand the male psyche and provide a solution that offers motivation, rather than shame," says Dr. Manu. "Empathetic and well-informed weight loss messages are necessary when approaching men with this sensitive topic. Men with weight and eating problems often feel misunderstood, uncomfortable and rejected in a society that does not understand these problems for men." WHY: With 59% of men in the U.S. considered overweight or obese, men are at serious risk for obesity-related health problems including diabetes, heart disease, etc. WHO: Psychiatrist: Dr. Lucian Manu is a clinical instructor of psychiatry at NYU Medical School in New York City, and the president of the Manhattan Behavioral Health Group. Having suffered from emotional eating as a child and young adult, Dr. Manu's interest in the study and treatment of emotional eating and obesity issues is the result of his own personal experience. He is also a voluntary (non-paid) advisor to a number of weight loss programs and companies, including Medifast. Real Life Story: Like many middle-aged men, Michael Hodes had gradually gained weight over the years. At 207 pounds, he realized he needed to lose about 30 pounds, but months went by and he kept putting it off. But all that changed after a visit to his doctor and a frightening type 2 diabetes diagnosis. In order to combat his problem with diabetes, Michael was challenged by his doctor to exercise and lose weight. Immediately, he went on the Medifast program, and after 6 months, he lost 30 pounds and reversed his diabetes. CONTACT: To arrange an interview or for more information, please contact: Susan Vander May 212-931-6170
PRNewswire -- June 9
SOURCE: Medifast, Inc.
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