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High Hopes for a New Diabesity Drug

August 18, 2017 — Call us superstitious. The hopes for a new diabesity drug – semaglutide – are growing higher. And to us, that’s a good news, bad news story. The high hopes are coming from good clinical results for this new GLP-1 agonist in a head-to-head comparison with dulaglutide from Eli Lilly. Dulaglutide is a GLP-1 activator that’s already on […]

The Tangled Relationship Between Obesity and Depression

August 17, 2017 — Obesity and depression seem to travel together. This link is a tricky one and the nature of the relationship presents a real challenge for scientists to unravel. But one thing is sure. These two diseases are rising in parallel. An Unmistakable Rise in Severe Psychological Distress Look no further than the dramatic rise in deaths […]

Veggie Virtuosos Playing with Their Food

August 16, 2017 — “Don’t” has certain limitations in shaping behavior. Any parent of a toddler can tell you. Perhaps someone told Dale Stuckenbruck, “Don’t play with your food!” If so, the direction didn’t work as intended. Nope. He founded Long Island Vegetable Orchestra. Along with other veggie virtuosos, he has a grand time playing with his food. At […]

Where’s the Full Prescribing Information for Food?

August 15, 2017 — Really? “The doctor’s office is moving into the kitchen,” says the New York Times. So where can we find the full prescribing information? In a cheery feature, Donna De La Cruz describes physicians who have discovered that nutrition is an issue at the root of many problems they see. The Dr. Yum Project Pediatrician Nimali Fernando […]

Does Obesity Mess with Your Brain’s Reward Center?

August 14, 2017 — For several years now, neuroscientists have been looking for connections between obesity and how our brains process rewards. Dopamine receptors play a role in the reward you feel when you eat especially tasty foods. And prior research suggests people with obesity have fewer dopamine receptors. Now new research in Obesity shows that young adults with […]

Mistaken Beliefs About Pet Nutrition and Obesity

August 13, 2017 — Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. We see plenty of myths and mistaken beliefs about human nutrition. Why would pet nutrition be any different? And indeed, veterinarian Ernie Ward told us yesterday at YWM2017 that it isn’t. Pet owners mistakenly hold onto a number of mistaken beliefs about pet nutrition and obesity. Excess Weight Affects Most […]

Blowing Past Stigma and Telling the World Who We Are

August 11, 2017 — “I know all about you.” Those can be scary words, especially when someone says them out loud. And when they go unspoken, they can become a tremendous burden. For those of us living with obesity, those unspoken words become a dead weight that no scale can measure. That weight is stigma. Preparing to open YWM2017 […]

Finding Joyful Community, Rejecting Bias

August 10, 2017 — There’s a cone of silence. When policymakers and experts sit down to discuss obesity, everything’s abstract. It’s theoretical. People who are actually living with obesity are either absent or silent about it. But OAC’s Your Weight Matters Convention, starting today in New Orleans, is an important exception. YWM 2017 is a place where people living […]

High Hopes and Hard Outcomes in Obesity Policy

August 9, 2017 — Public health policymakers have high hopes for reshaping the food environment to tackle obesity. In 2004, Kelly Brownell proposed that a toxic food environment lies at the root of the obesity epidemic. That idea has impressive staying power. But a new paper in PLOS ONE finds little cause for joy when it looks at the […]

Health at Risk: Connected (or Not), Isolated, and Lonely

August 8, 2017 — At the annual convention of the American Psychological Association Saturday, Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad warned that feeling lonely may surpass obesity as a health risk. She said: Robust evidence suggests social isolation and loneliness significantly increase risk for premature mortality. The magnitude of the risk exceeds that of many leading health indicators. With an increasing aging […]