On The Beat 11/05/19 - Monroe #6

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Published on November 6, 2019 -
Troy talks with Tad Robertson from Monroe Regional Hospital about Dietary needs.

On The Beat 11/05/19 - Monroe #6

Midday slate troy: welcome to on the beat, everyone.

I'm over here with tad robertson from monroe regional hospital.

Of course, tad is a director of dietary services and a registered dietitian.

Troy: how are you, my friend?

Welcome to the show.

Tad robertson: i'm doing great.

How are you doing?

Troy: nice to meet you.

Tad robertson: nice to meet you.

Troy: alrighty, so i love talking about dietary needs.

When we all have such a conversation, we see on the news all the time when it comes to we're overeating, we're eating the wrong foods, all those issues that come in front of us that's bombarded.

Where do we stand in the state of mississippi, compared to the rest of america with obesity?

Tad robertson: we're not good.

We're probably at the top of the list.

Troy: really.

Tad robertson: us and alabama are right there with the worst, most obese.

Troy: what does that come down to do you think?

Tad robertson: a lot of it has to do with the portion sizes.

Just being in the south, we're used to home cooking, going to get those extra servings, things like that, and it takes an effect.

A lot of it's just making people aware of, your body's full.

Tad robertson: instead of getting that second serving, realize, "hey, you know, give your body a little time to adjust," and realize that, "hey i'm full," before you go get that second serving.

It's a big thing.

Troy: yeah.

It's funny because there's conversations out there that restaurants need to cut down their size of servings and things like that, but then the public would complain like crazy, right?

Tad robertson: oh, yes.

Yes, sir.

Troy: right, because they take home doggy bags.

Tad robertson: yes, sir.

Troy: so it's like another meal.

Tad robertson: yeah, exactly.

Troy: and i often think about that when i came to america, the portion sizes are so much bigger.

Tad robertson: they're very large.

Many of the restaurants out there, you get just a regular size, without extra-sizing, large- sizing it.

You can make two meals out of that.

Troy: yeah.

Why do we do that?

Why has that just become a norm?

Tad robertson: it's just a trend that's trended upwards.

If you go back and look at the serving sizes where it used to be, it just keeps going up a little bit, a little bit more, d a little bit more, a little bit more.

Troy: we become more and more obsessed with that food.

Tad robertson: then people become used to it and they don't even realize that you're eating double or triple servings than you probably would be.

Troy: what does a dietitian do?

Tad robertson: we help people with diseases like diabetes, chronic kidney disease, anemia.

I could even go into eating disorders, obesity, any kind of cardiovascular diseases like hypertension, congestive heart failure.

We can help with all those type things.

Troy: it's quite serious, isn't?

Tad robertson: yes, sir.

Troy: we are what we eat.

Tad robertson: yes.

Yes, we are.

That's very true.

Troy: all right.

I want you to tell people at home, give me one or two tips for them to maybe put into action tomorrow to help them start changing their lifestyle with food.

Tad robertson: well, the first thing, like i had mentioned earlier, just eat slow, enjoy your food and give your body time to realize that you're full.

That's the one of the most important things, and the second would be portion sizes.

Tad robertson: know what portion sizes are the proper amount and get a measuring cup out and just measure it for a little while until you're able to look at that amount, when you're out eating or something like that, you can look at it and say, "hey, this s about four ounces, instead of- troy: right.

Tad robertson: not even having an idea.

Troy: okay.

Well, what's really interesting over there at monroe regional hospital, you're dealing with outpatient dietitian services.

Tad robertson: yes, sir.

Troy: now that's what we're talking about, but how can someone who's watching get in touch?

What's the process?

Tad robertson: well, they just ... first they can talk to their primary care physician.

Troy: okay.

Tad robertson: you don't even really need a referral.

Now, if you want a referral from a doctor, it may be required depending on the insurance, but give me a call, i'll do all that groundwork for you to find out if your insurance covers.

But really, the process is you can just give me a call at the number that would be listed on the screen.

Troy: yeah.

Tad robertson: and i can tell you exactly what to do.

I can walk you through the process.

Troy: well, this is really interesting because i was just thinking to myself, does insurance cover it?

That's something that you find out for us.

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