Archive for the ‘ConscienHealth’ Category

Does Addictive Junk Food Explain Obesity?

April 26, 2017 — Why are we living with so much obesity? If you ask the public, this question has different answers in different cultures. New data, being presented today at the Canadian Obesity Summit in Banff, suggests that addictive junk food is an especially popular explanation for the problem – especially with Brazilians and French Canadians. Different Beliefs in Brazil, […]

Really? FDA Should Slow Down?

April 8, 2017 — Here’s a news flash you don’t see every day. Industry says FDA should slow down. Usually drug and medical device companies are complaining that the agency doesn’t move fast enough. Food companies now are saying that FDA shouldn’t move so fast on requiring new and improved nutrition labels on food products. FDA Commissioner Nominee “Delighted” to Consider Slowing […]

Escaping from the Tyranny of Body Mass Index

March 28, 2017 — Is Body Mass Index (BMI) dead? That depends on how you’ve been using it. If you’ve been using it to define obesity, then maybe it will soon be dead to you. Today in Obesity, a new commentary and an editorial both call for an end to BMI as the hard and fast definition of obesity. A Better […]

Thanks for Reading, Following, and Keeping Us Sharp

February 28, 2017 — It’s time to stop and say thanks. Thanks to the thousands of readers who take the time to consider the ideas and news that we share every day. Thanks to growing numbers of people who request our daily update in their inbox. You have plenty of stuff filling that inbox. So we’re quite flattered that you […]

Comfort, Joy, and Health for the Coming Year

December 25, 2016 — A few days ago, we asked and you answered: what should we wish for in the coming year? We had no idea what to expect but you came through with a delightful range of perspectives on comfort, joy, and health from all around the world. Five themes were evident. You can see them on the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Health Plans Often Stand in the Way of Obesity Care

November 4, 2016 — New research from two separate studies presented at ObesityWeek in New Orleans demonstrates that health plans often stand in the way of obesity care. In one study, researchers from Harvard, ConscienHealth, and the Obesity Action Coalition found that most Americans report they don’t have health insurance that will pay for obesity care recommended in evidence-based guidelines. […]

Half of Obesity Hidden from Medical Care

November 3, 2016 — From two separate studies presented in New Orleans at ObesityWeek, researchers find roughly half of obesity hidden from medical care. Starting with that fact, perhaps we should not be surprised that so few people receive evidence-based obesity care. On Wednesday, Barto Burguera and colleagues presented a study of more than 300,000 electronic health records at […]