Archive for the ‘Health Policy’ Category

Soda’s Down, But Obesity’s Up. What Gives?

November 16, 2017 — We have a bit of good news and a bit of bad news in the soda-obesity war this week. The good news is that soda’s down. A new paper just published online in Obesity confirms what the industry has been saying for several years now. People are drinking less soda. In fact, they’re drinking less […]

Suddenly, Half the Population Has High Blood Pressure?

November 15, 2017 — In case you weren’t paying attention, 130 is the new 140. Before Monday, the threshold for high blood pressure was 140 over 90. Now the consensus is that it’s 130 over 80. Boom. Nearly half the population has hypertension. How’d that happen? The Landmark SPRINT Study Truthfully, this change didn’t happen overnight. The impetus to […]

Guest Post: Where Is FDA Going with Nicotine and Tobacco?

November 14, 2017 — At the end of July, FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, and his Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) Director, Mitch Zeller, announced a commitment and vision to dramatically change the impact of tobacco in the US. To understand how far-reaching this plan is, consider the following basics on the state of nicotine policy and science. 1. As a result of […]

How Bias and Discrimination Make Us Sick

November 13, 2017 — Bias and discrimination are ugly aspects of human nature. They come in many forms. Fat shaming, racism, and sexism are all very much in the news. Also in the news is the physical harm to our health from repeated, stressful experiences with discrimination. The stress of bias and discrimination is making us sick. The Stress […]

Digging Into the Real Benefits of Physical Activity

November 9, 2017 — Getting down to the facts about the health benefits of physical activity is harder than it should be. But three new studies this week and a new roadmap for change certainly set the stage. The popular myth is that working out is a great way to lose weight. But the truth is better than the […]

Does Sensational Blame for Obesity in Britain Matter?

November 8, 2017 — Is it a coincidence? Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of sensational headlines from the UK, loaded with blame for people living with obesity. Some parts of the NHS have adopted rules to deny surgery to people with obesity. Tabloids run headlines about “obese patients eating themselves to DEATH.” Examples of sensational blame directed at […]

When a Wellness Program Is Unwell

November 7, 2017 — Wellness is certainly a noble pursuit. Plenty of companies are genuinely interested in promoting the wellbeing of their workforce. And in the eight billion dollar wellness industry, some of the vendors are quite scrupulous about selling well-designed programs. But not all. Our friend Al Lewis began a series yesterday to remind us how wellness program […]

Harnessing Sugar Fear to Sell More Food

November 6, 2017 — The food industry is busy. The fight about added sugar is over. Consumers want food with clean labels and none of the bad stuff. So industry is ready to sell a whole new wave of products with no added sugar. The food industry’s clean label movement is hitting its stride. If all goes according to […]

Ten Reflections from ObesityWeek 2017

November 4, 2017 — ObesityWeek 2017 is finished. It’s been an intense week with some of the smartest people in the world, dealing with the subject of obesity. Most people don’t really want to think deeply about it. But these people devote their careers to it. So what can we take home. Here are ten ideas that floated to […]

An Action Gap in the Chronic Disease of Obesity

November 3, 2017 — Four years after the American Medical Association decided to regard obesity as a chronic disease, we have a serious action gap. Research published this week in Obesity and presented at ObesityWeek makes it clear. Three major groups all regard obesity as a disease: people who have it, healthcare providers, and employers. Yet they leave it […]