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“One Size Fits All” Fails in the Age of Personalized Medicine

June 23, 2017 — The Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine never fails to nourish us with fresh thinking about obesity. In opening the course yesterday, Lee Kaplan explained that treating obesity as a disease means dealing with it as we would any other chronic health condition. And in an age of personalized medicine, that certainly means one size fits all […]

Solving the Obesity Puzzle, Learning from Cancer

June 22, 2017 — We have a complex, chronic disease in our midst. It’s a challenging puzzle. It develops over time. This disease debilitates people and dramatically diminishes the quality of their lives. It comes in many forms and it’s tough to cure. We’d rather prevent it and we’re finding ways to do that. But with millions of people […]

Who Will Care for Children with Obesity?

June 21, 2017 — Some responses to USPSTF recommendations for screening and care for children with obesity leave us shaking our head. Five million children are living with severe obesity in the U.S. Intensive behavioral therapy works to improve their weight and health status.  Less intensive advice to lose weight is largely ineffective. And yet, policymakers balk: “It could […]

Vegetarian Hype in Pursuit of a Noble Purpose

June 20, 2017 — Last week, health reporters treated us to a steady stream of headlines claiming that “a vegetarian diet is twice as effective for weight loss.” At best, these claims are vegetarian hype. From a more skeptical view, these are deceptive claims made to serve what their source believes is a noble purpose. The Source of This […]

David Allison Appointed to Lead the IU School of Public Health

June 19, 2017 — A leading voice for scientific rigor in public health, nutrition, and obesity research will soon lead the Indiana University School of Public Health in Bloomington. David Allison becomes dean of the school on August 15. A Passion for Science People who know Allison cannot miss his passion for scientific rigor and integrity. He explained to […]

Roxane Gay Offers Us a Difficult Memoir: Her Body’s

June 18, 2017 — Roxane Gay has given us a fabulous gift: the memoir of her body, titled Hunger. It took her through some difficult memories, just as it will take you there if you choose to read it. Gay told the Washington Post: I’d wanted to write about fat for a while, and I didn’t quite know how. […]

The Looming Healthcare Drama for People with Obesity

June 17, 2017 — Here it comes. Behind closed doors, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is taking shape and all we have is speculation about what will be in it. Is this healthcare drama worth watching for people living with obesity? Will the result help or hurt us? What Matters: Pre-Existing Conditions Let’s be frank. The […]

Gulping Gorgeous Grapes and Sizzling Squash

June 16, 2017 — Will gulping more gorgeous grapes and sizzling squash cure our dietary ills? If so, marketers can clearly help. Two new studies show how classical marketing techniques can lead consumers to buy more fruits and veggies. Easy peasy. It’s basic stuff for marketers. Make It Sizzle Sell the sizzle, not the steak is a cliche of […]

Light at the End of the Obesity Tunnel?

June 14, 2017 — Obesity has many complications, but here’s one that’s entirely unnecessary – whiplash. Health reporters routinely take the public through wild gyrations of hope and despair in describing obesity trends. This week we have another round of such reporting on a new study and commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine. Spoiler alert: the light at […]

AMA Stands for Respecting Patients with Obesity

June 14, 2017 — Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates, AMA stood up for respecting patients with obesity. AMA resolved to encourage respectful language and respectful accommodations in patient care for people with obesity. Obesity Action Coalition President and CEO Joe Nadglowski praised this action, saying: This news is important. AMA has […]