“The awareness is there,” O’Neil said. “But the question is how you get people to act on it. If it was just about education, everyone would be healthier because the information is out there.”
Sherman said it’s important to give patients positive reinforcement.
“People come in and say, ‘I’m 60 years old, I’m 50 pounds overweight. Is it too late?’ ” he said. “The answer is no. They can get back to the weight they had in their 20s. I see it all the time. You can’t be 20 again, but you can be fit at 60.”