Archive for December, 2016

What’s Your Health Wish for the New Year?

December 21, 2016 — This year is coming to an end and a new year is coming up fast. If you’re lucky, things are slowing down and you have some time to reflect on the past year and the year ahead. You and thousands of your friends who take the time to read our offerings here at ConscienHealth are an […]

A Nation Divided on Healthy Food

December 21, 2016 — If you want some understanding of why sensible food policy is so hard, study the results of new opinion research by the Pew Research Center. Researchers Cary Funk and Brian Kennedy find that beliefs about healthy food, more than education and facts, shape the way that people think about questions: These choices reflect personalized “ideologies” […]

Poisoned Arguments and Evidence for Sugar Guidance

December 20, 2016 — A new systematic review published today in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine examines the evidence for sugar consumption guidance. Jennifer Erickson and colleagues conclude that the evidence quality is low or very low. The authors go on to call for more trustworthy guidelines on sugar intake. In what resembles a religious war over sugar, those […]

Ten Stories at the Center of Attention in 2016

December 19, 2016 — After a year of dispensing a new story from ConscienHealth every day before 7 am, we have the luxury of stepping back to see what captured your attention. You are a diverse group with diverse interests: research, clinical care, policy, advocacy, and personal health. But these ten stories reached across your diverse interests to become […]

Epidemics of Addiction, Depression, and Obesity

December 18, 2016 — American life expectancy is taking a hit. And that discomforting news leads us back to parallel trends in addiction, depression, and obesity. Recently, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy recently called the nation to action on addiction, pointing out that opioid use has now surpassed tobacco use. Likewise, rising suicide rates and rates of depression, particularly among […]

Will Fruits and Veggies Save Us?

December 17, 2016 — Much ink and many electrons flow to describe our terribly broken ways of producing, delivering, and consuming food. Some of the loudest calls for change in the status quo revolve around fruits and veggies. Michelle Obama and many others want us to eat more and eat them fresh from the farm and garden. Will growing and consuming more […]

Soda Down in Mexico, Obesity Not So Much

December 16, 2016 — Mexico is something of a poster child for using taxes to drive down soda sales and fight obesity. A 10% tax on sugary drinks began nationwide there in 2014. After three years of the tax, soda consumption appears to be down, but obesity is still climbing. New results from Mexico’s 2016 National Health and Nutrition […]

Obesity Challenges Me, But It Doesn’t Define Me

December 15, 2016 — Writing in the Washington Post this week, Courtland Milloy went looking for answers. How can it be that black women are defying a trend of declining life expectancy? Among other things, obesity challenges the health of black women more than almost any other demographic group. So why is it that while life expectancy for all Americans […]

Ten Top Food and Nutrition Trends of 2016

December 14, 2016 — Not a day too soon, 2016 is fading into history. So the time has come to look back at the food and nutrition trends that captured our attention and some of our money. Here’s our view of ten that rose to the top. Do you have other ideas? Leave a reply below or a tweet or […]

Six Ways to End Weight Bias

December 13, 2016 — Obesity is a harsh chronic disease made worse by even harsher weight bias against people who have it. Parents, teachers, and peers make life miserable for kids growing up with obesity. Employers discriminate in hiring, pay, and promotion. Health plans and providers limit access to care that’s needed to overcome the disease. Policymakers throw money […]