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Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure?

February 9, 2018 — Look out, folks. Congress has some common sense nutrition disclosure coming your way. While House members waited for a budget agreement from the Senate this week, they needed something to do. So they passed the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act and sent it on to the Senate. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, sponsor of the bill, hailed […]

A Beautiful Childhood Obesity Plan with Null Results

February 8, 2018 — Schools seem to be the place to start on a childhood obesity plan. School meals, health education, physical activity – strategists have a complete roadmap for preventing childhood obesity at school. But unfortunately, a new study published today in the BMJ points to the distinct possibility that even the most beautiful childhood obesity plan might have […]

Lollipops: Vegan, Gluten Free, Organic, No Added Sugar

February 7, 2018 — You knew it had to happen. Added sugar is the new dietary boogeyman. So the entrepreneurs at Koochikoo are meeting the challenge to bring us lollipops with no added sugar. Eye Popping Claims These guys are innovators who just can’t stop. Anyone else would be satisfied to bring us lollipops with no added sugar and […]

Five Weight Loss Supplements Backed by Fiction

February 6, 2018 — Five supplements that claim to speed up weight loss – and what the science says When you google “weight loss” the challenge to sort fact from fiction begins. These five supplements claim to speed up weight loss, but let’s see what the evidence says. 1. Raspberry ketones Raspberry ketones, sold as weight loss tablets, are […]

Mind Your Manners, Mind Your Weight?

February 5, 2018 — Just for the record, we do favor good etiquette here at ConscienHealth. But, the idea that children with obesity have poor manners is simply false. With a new paper published in Appetite, Naomi Briones and colleagues dispel the myth that children with obesity behave badly at the table. Weight Bias in Action Offensive stereotypes of […]

A Future of Super Healthy and Delicious Food

February 4, 2018 — Are we ready for a future of abundant, super healthy, and delicious food? None of that nasty ultra-processed stuff that’s full of added sugar, salt, and fat? Be careful what you wish for. The power of many trillions of dollars flowing through the global food industry can grant your wish. But things might not turn […]

The Comfort of Opinion Without the Discomfort of Thought

February 3, 2018 — Are we enjoying the comfort of our opinions within familiar circles, free from disquieting thought? All too often, the answer is yes. After all, critical thinking can be unpleasant. Perhaps we should note that this concern is nothing new. Consider this excerpt from a commencement address delivered at Yale by President John F. Kennedy. June […]

Don’t Panic, Obesity Is No Longer an Epidemic

February 2, 2018 — Well, actually now it’s officially a pandemic. Nevertheless, it’s pretty clear that the language of obesity panic is totally unhelpful. Unfortunately, what it does accomplish is the promotion of bias and discrimination. The Language of Moral Panic More than a decade ago, Paul Campos published a commentary that described the response to obesity as a […]

Evidence for a Spousal Benefit in Weight Management

February 1, 2018 — Obesity seems to move through a person’s social network, as we described here last week. But today, we have a new study in Obesity that shows the positive effect that a very intimate social network can have. In a randomized controlled trial, researchers found good evidence for a spousal benefit in weight management. When one […]

Will the Sugar Tax Fad Have an Effect on Obesity?

January 31, 2018 — Resistance to public health policies is the reason that obesity is growing relentlessly. Especially resistance to a sugar tax. That deadpan comment from a health and obesity expert is impressive, opinionated speculation. It came at a recent roundtable of experts to explore strategies for reducing obesity. And the pitch is working. All over the world, […]