Archive for May, 2017

OMG! Jelly Belly Puts Sugar in Its Sports Beans?

May 26, 2017 — Can it be? These wonderful energy beans have no sugar in their ingredient list. How can it be that they’re actually loaded with the stuff? Well, it’s true and Jessica Gomez is suing. She filed a class action lawsuit in Los Angeles, claiming that Jelly Belly deceived her by listing “evaporated cane juice” as the product’s primary […]

Self-Pay for Obesity Care Yields More Dropouts

May 25, 2017 — Add this to the list of tobacco control ideas that just don’t work in obesity. When quitting smoking, people seem to succeed more if they have more “skin in the game.” But a new study published today in Obesity finds just the opposite in obesity care. People who self-pay are more likely to drop out […]

What Shall We Do with the O Word?

May 24, 2017 — Obesity – the O word – has an image problem. It’s a condition that nobody wants to have. Nevermind that the best estimates hold that 38% of adults in the U.S. have it. Nevermind that, if ignored, it progresses to cause chronic diseases that harm just about every part of the body. Doctors don’t write it down. […]

Adapt and Prosper – or Not – in the Food Industry

May 23, 2017 — Some parts of the food industry may be leaving us.  Rather than adapt, these companies want to keep selling the dietary equivalent of telephone booths. They imagine they can delay or avoid telling their customers how much sugar they’re pouring into their products. They imagine they can keep selling junk food into schools. Ignore Your […]

Does It Help if a Mother Thinks Her Child Is Overweight?

May 22, 2017 — What mother thinks is important. Children want a mother’s approval and mothers tend to see the best in their children. So is it a problem that mothers tend not to think of their children as overweight? Some researchers think so. “We know that parents tend not to recognise when their children are overweight or obese,” […]

Obesity Awareness Raising: More Harm Than Help

May 21, 2017 — Awareness raising sounds innocent enough. People are forever raising awareness about neglected diseases. Helping people recognize a problem can be a constructive step on the way to solving it – usually. And so it is that some well-intended folks are proposing “shock tactics” to promote obesity awareness. They want to compel parents in the UK to take […]

A Global View of Obesity Emerging in Porto

May 20, 2017 — At ECO2017 this week, it’s been unmistakable. A global view of obesity is emerging. In a report published Friday, the U.S. is once again number one in the world for obesity prevalence. Back in 2013, the United Nations said Mexico temporarily slipped ahead of the U.S. in this dubious distinction. But the latest comparative report from the […]

ECO2017 Media Masterclass: Sounding Obesity Alarms

May 19, 2017 — At ECO2017 yesterday in Porto, Guardian Health Editor Sarah Boseley explained the lens that journalists bring to obesity. She sparked a lively discussion with EASO leaders, health policy advocates, and EASO Patient Council members. Sounding Alarms and Reflecting the Culture As an experienced journalist, Boseley explained a few basics. She expressed little inclination to write […]

Contrasting Views of Obesity in Europe at ECO2017

May 18, 2017 — At the 2017 European Congress on Obesity yesterday, ConscienHealth’s Ted Kyle presented data on contrasting views of obesity in Europe. These views provide a window into bias about obesity and people who have it. From a sample of 34,320 adults in Sweden, UK, Germany, and Italy, a fascinating picture emerges. Belief that obesity results from addiction to […]

Is It Time to Dump BMI for Youth? TMI May Be Better

May 17, 2017 — Body Mass Index (BMI) is that essential tool we love to hate. As a marker for obesity in adults, BMI stirs never-ending debates. Despite its limitations, nothing seems likely to replace BMI for adults. But for young people, the story is very different. BMI doesn’t work so well for children and teens. And now, a […]