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Superficial Transparency in Nutrition Research

December 12, 2017 — The food industry wants to sell you food. And the industry frequently uses nutrition research to do it. For many good reasons, scientific journals require disclosures of conflict of interest. But in a new JAMA viewpoint, John Ioannidis and John Trepanowski submit that these routine disclosures are not adequate for nutrition research. Superficial transparency is not […]

Wrestling with the Delicate Language of Obesity

December 11, 2017 — Maybe it’s progress. Five years ago social media was full of explicitly hateful fat-shaming content. More often than not, complaints fell on deaf ears. But Friday, we learned that Google now considers merely asking about the word fat to be distasteful and offensive. Google Surveys will no longer ask people what they think about the […]

Regressing to Prove a Point

December 10, 2017 — “Believe me” is a popular phrase lately. It flows freely from people working to prove a point. It works for someone with something to sell. But it doesn’t work well in scientific journals. Consider this case of a pilot weight intervention study for an older lesbian population. A Big Leap for Pilot Study The SHE […]

Serving Up More Shame in Children’s Movies

December 9, 2017 — Movies offer an escape from harsh realities, right? That’s the conventional wisdom to explain why we watch. But a new analysis published in the December issue of Pediatrics suggests that’s not entirely true. A child being bullied about body weight can be pretty sure that the most popular children’s movies will include fat shaming messages. […]

Setting a Goal to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

December 8, 2017 — Sensational headlines have been hiding a serious story this week. NBC tells us that diet shakes and dropping sodas can reverse diabetes. But behind those headlines lies an important study and an even more important concept. Obesity care specialists and researchers are finding ways to reverse type 2 diabetes through better clinical care. To be […]

Ditch the D-Word, Dodge the O-Word, and Embrace Lifestyle

December 7, 2017 — Here’s a case study for the ages. In the midst of our relentless obesity epidemic, consumers have made a massive shift in attitudes about weight and health. Suddenly, weight management brands found themselves at risk. The biggest brand – Weight Watchers – faced the greatest risk. And now it seems to be emerging in a new, […]

Semaglutide Approved for Type 2 Diabetes

December 6, 2017 — Late yesterday, a new, once-weekly injection for type 2 diabetes cleared the hurdle of FDA approval for sale. Semaglutide, will be available early next year in a familiar pen injection device. It will come in two doses: 0.5 and 1.0 mg once weekly. For people with type 2 diabetes it’s great to have a once-weekly […]

Can Dietary Guidelines Save the Planet?

December 5, 2017 — To find the intersection of two contentious issues, look no further than the environment and dietary guidelines. On the environment, the current U.S. administration is busy wiggling out of commitments to reduce carbon emissions. On dietary guidelines, battles rage on multiple fronts – fats, red meat, and sugar are all hot topics. Undeterred, brave Dutch scientists […]

Beware: Baldness, Gray Hair, Obesity, and Heart Disease

December 4, 2017 — The BBC says early baldness is a bigger risk for heart disease than obesity. And don’t forget gray hair. The LA Times says that gray’s the way that beats obesity for giving us a heart attack. All this and more is simply dutiful reporting on a press release from the European Society of Cardiology. Health […]

What Is This Diet Thing You’re Talking About?

December 3, 2017 — We’re feeling a bit fed up with diets. It seems that the principal use for that word – diet – is to empower people to talk past each other on Twitter. It’s also useful for labeling and dismissing a person. “Oh, she’s part of the diet industry.” That word has so much baggage that registered dietitians (RDs) […]