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Dr. Lawrence Cheskin Puts the Care in Clinical Care

“The more you pay attention to people, the better they do.” – Dr. Cheskin

PhoneIt goes without saying that people like to be cared for, enjoy when people listen and pay attention.  But is this a main factor in the treatment of severe obesity? - Dr. Larry Cheskin thinks so, and he has the data to prove it.

Larry Cheskin, M.D., F.A.C.P., Associate Professor of Health, Behavior & Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Public School of Health, founded the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center back in 1990.  Dr. Cheskin devotes his time to clinical care and research in public health, particularly weight management.  He has written several books about weight loss satisfying recipes, healing heartburn, and losing weight for good.  He is also a principal investigator at the Global Obesity Prevention Center in the Pilot Studies Core.

On Friday, December 5th, 2014, Dr. Cheskin joined the American Society for Nutrition’s (ASN) Advances and Controversies in Clinical Nutrition conference to speak about “Treatment of Severe Obesity.”  Dr. Cheskin spoke about the causes of severe obesity, the options for treating it, and a study he recently conducted that involved text messaging underserved minority patients in Baltimore.  He and his collaborators designed Tailored Rapid Interactive Mobile Messaging (TRIMM) to stay connected with obese patients.  Through the use of TRIMM, Dr. Cheskin demonstrated that engagement was highly productive (p=0.003) of greater weight loss at six months.  This supports the concept that the more healthcare professionals pay attention and stay connected to their patients, the better the outcome in the fight against obesity.

To find out further information on TRIMM and Dr. Cheskin’s study, click here.