Mary Ann Barnes, M.D.
A reluctant vegetarian,
I decided to give up meat in 2000 to be one more person who protests how we treat animals. The price of stocks didn't
change, the cattle growers didn't blink an eye, and only my family noticed (because I quit serving those delicious beef tenderloins!).
Becoming a vegetarian forced me to learn nutrition, which is not well taught in medical school.
We are truly in our infancy as a science in understanding nutrition, how
all the foods work together, and how to eat well but stay at a healthy weight. Teaching both nutrition and obesity treatment
and prevention to family medicine residents and medical students keeps me at the top of my game. As more research and
high quality studies emerge, my talks evolve. As you've probably noticed, we physicians frequently have to eat crow
decade after decade as evidence on nutrition mounts. The evidence clearly points in one direction, however, we have
to eat smarter and less.
Check out my book, Fat Cells,
Beauty and You! on Amazon.
with thanks and gratitude
always to my parents, husband, children and God.
of my partners actually taught me to play the bass guitar. Though still quite the novice, we've recorded a couple of
songs with video from our family medicine residents and students on You Tube. The content is a bit like 'Scrubs'!