Archive for the ‘Health Policy’ Category

Why Is Respecting Patient Autonomy So Hard?

October 8, 2017 — A more intensely personal subject than body weight is hard to find. Add in the stigma of obesity and the subject becomes even more sensitive. So perhaps it should be no wonder that obesity presents some very hard challenges for respecting a person’s autonomy. The impulse to tell people what we might think is best […]

Addicted to Outrage: Can We Talk About Nutrition and Obesity?

October 6, 2017 — Outrage surrounds us. The internet amplifies it. Politicians are feeding on it. Sadly and too often, it drives policymaking. And unfortunately, it gets in the way of talking rationally about nutrition and obesity. Hank Green suggested two years ago that our culture is nursing an addiction to outrage. And events that followed have proved him […]

Antibiotics in Livestock: Time for Slimming Down the Herd?

October 6, 2017 — It’s unmistakeable. Change is coming to the business of fattening up livestock and selling meat for human consumption. Many factors are bringing change, but antibiotics are in sharp focus right now. A report in Science calls for bold global action. The authors recommend caps on antibiotic use, reductions in meat consumption, and a user fee […]

Diabetes Remission: Missed Opportunities

October 4, 2017 — In BMJ, Louise McCombie and colleagues are stirring up an important dialogue. They note that medical records seldom document diabetes remission. Why, they ask? To answer their own question, they say this failure reflects a prevailing bias that type 2  diabetes is incurable. That presumption is a missed opportunity for hope and for better health […]

Nutrition Facts Labels: Delay, Delay, Delay

October 2, 2017 — Almost five years. That’s how long most businesses can wait before they tell consumers how much sugar they’re adding to food products. The FDA announced Friday that they were adding another year and a half to the original deadlines announced in 2016 when Michelle Obama unveiled updated Nutrition Facts labels. Companies with less than $10 […]

Pursuing Intellectual Honesty, Free of Bias and Conflicts

October 1, 2017 — In a letter to the editor of Obesity Reviews, a group of distinguished public health advocates call for a high standard of intellectual honesty in evaluating food policies. And it’s a good start. But this letter by Corinna Hawkes and colleagues has one gaping hole in it. It neglects a full consideration of conflicts of […]

Three Slightly Absurd and Supposedly Healthy Food Products

September 30, 2017 — We confess. When it comes to food product innovations and trends, we’re a little slow. Stuff like pancakes and sausage on a stick just leaves us cold. That one never caught fire, and they never called it healthy. (Thank goodness.) But here are three supposedly healthy food products that are getting some traction. Magical healthy […]

Wavering on Insurance Protections for Medical Conditions

September 25, 2017 — On Sunday, President Trump boiled down the debate on repealing health insurance protections in the Affordable Care Act: I don’t know what they’re doing, but you know what? Eventually we’ll win, whether it’s now or later. Most people probably share his uncertainty. It’s pretty hard to know what they’re up to. But right now it’s […]

Melania Trump’s New Love for Gardening

September 24, 2017 — Food policy wonks can exhale now. Gardening is back in fashion at the White House. On Friday, First Lady Melania Trump hosted a happy contingent of school children to plant and pick in the White House kitchen garden. “I’m a Big Believer in Healthy Eating” The First Lady dressed for the occasion in a red […]

Sugar Warnings: Dose Makes the Poison

September 21, 2017 — This week, a U.S. appeals court struck down a San Francisco law requiring sugar warnings on advertising for sugary beverages. The law dates to June of 2015. It called for the following warning: WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) contributes to obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay. This is a message from the City and County […]