Archive for the ‘ConscienHealth’ Category

Everything in Moderation?

November 14, 2015 — Dietary advice commonly calls for eating a variety of everything in moderation. But like a lot of dietary aphorisms, it seems that dietary variety might be a little overrated. A new study in PLOS ONE finds that greater dietary variety is actually associated with a higher waist circumference. The authors concluded that it is dietary quality, not […]

1,000 Thanks for Inviting ConscienHealth to Your Inbox

August 31, 2015 — Today we’ve passed a big milestone with more than a thousand of you who care about obesity. You have pushed us past the mark of 1,000 subscribers inviting ConscienHealth into your inbox every morning. We regularly reach about 15,000 readers with news and observations about obesity, health, and related policy concerns. More than 16,000 people like us […]

Buzzed to Get Up

July 5, 2015 — Anyone who has been paying attention has a pretty good idea that sitting around in front of a computer screen or just sitting at a desk isn’t so good for their health. But what are you going to do about it? That’s simple — just get up and move around every hour. Okay, but honestly […]

Miracle Nuts

June 15, 2015 — We’ve been treated this week to a remarkable assortment of headlines proclaiming that just half a handful of nuts can save us all from an early death. Nut marketers rejoice! This joyous news comes from an observational study in the International Journal of Epidemiology that neglects to discuss the limitations of this study’s observational design […]

Giving Voice to People Living with Obesity

May 2, 2015 — Giving voice to people living with obesity is a theme that is running through the Fourth Canadian Obesity Summit in Toronto. On every day of the meeting, people living with obesity have been playing an active and visible role in the agenda presenting personal reflections, presenting their own research, and giving interviews to media attending […]

Less Blame and Shame in Canada?

May 1, 2015 — Could it be that Canada is on its way to finding a less stigmatized path for addressing obesity? At the Fourth Canadian Obesity Summit, they are certainly working on it. New data presented here suggest that Canadians, especially French-speaking Canadians, may be ready for it. ConscienHealth founder Ted Kyle and colleagues studied how the public and healthcare professionals view […]

Reaching Beyond Bias and Presumptions

April 18, 2015 — The opening day of the 2015 Weight Management DPG Symposium found dietitians reaching beyond bias and presumptions about obesity. This meeting is a gem that brings together the top dietitians in the country who focus upon weight management, thanks to the hard work of the Weight Management Dietary Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and […]

EEOC Backs Off in Wellness Program Regs

April 17, 2015 — Yesterday the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lifted the veil on long-awaited regulations regarding employer wellness programs. These regs back off on the EEOC’s earlier position that excessive penalties in wellness programs make them involuntary and thus a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). EEOC’s original position really ticked off employers who want to impose […]

Trouble in the Temple of Twelve Steps

April 3, 2015 — The twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous represent a foundational approach to treating alcoholism that’s lately been attracting rational scrutiny and criticism. In the latest issue of the Atlantic, Gabrielle Glaser says that “researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.” Sounds a bit harsh, doesn’t it? The twelve […]

Is It Possible to Oversell Exercise?

March 29, 2015 — How could it be possible to oversell exercise? The benefits for health are tremendous. Regular physical activity can help you live longer, feel better, keep diabetes and heart disease under control, put you in a better mood, and improve your sex life. But one selling point that exercise doesn’t deliver so well is weight loss. So […]