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Parents’ Working Hours and Childhood Obesity

December 2, 2017 — Two recent analyses point to a relationship between the hours parents work and a child’s risk of obesity. A small correlation between parents working and childhood obesity risk is not especially new. What is new is a deeper look at the potential for a cause and effect relationship. Charles Courtemanche believes that he and his colleagues […]

Tracking Helps, Except When It Doesn’t

December 1, 2017 — “What gets measured gets managed.” This bit of wisdom from Peter Drucker got its start with Lord Kelvin. By now, the whole idea of tracking has become a bit of a holy grail for weight management. We get many prompts for tracking: weight, diet, and physical activity. And generally, keeping track of what we’re doing is […]

NEJM: Childhood Obesity Prevention Won’t Be Enough

November 30, 2017 — Facts are stubborn. And today, one of the stubborn facts of obesity is a bit more clear. Prevention alone is not enough. Late yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, some leading advocates for childhood obesity prevention wrote: A narrow focus solely on preventing childhood obesity will not avert potential future health damage that may be induced by […]

This Is Nuts! No Nuts in Chock Full o’Nuts?

November 29, 2017 — Inexplicably, the folks who have been selling us Chock Full o’Nuts coffee for roughly 80 years have decided to fess up. Their coffee is not chock full of nuts. In fact, it has no nuts whatsoever. The new packaging says so. Boldly. Right on the label. Clearing Up Confusion Chock Full o’Nuts is a New York […]

NASH: The Invisible Complication of Untreated Obesity

November 28, 2017 — When most people think about obesity, the only complication they think of is type 2 diabetes. Quite a few people (but not a majority) think of heart disease. But few people think about liver disease. Unfortunately, Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) can be one of the most serious complications a person with obesity will face. NASH is […]

A Little Crack-up in Big Food

November 27, 2017 — Big food is having a little crack-up. That iconic lobbying group for the food industry – the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – just lost the world’s biggest food company. Nestlé will drop its membership by the end of the year. This follows shortly after Campbell left the group this summer. Responding to Consumer Pressure When […]

How Come Cinnabon Doesn’t Cure Obesity?

November 26, 2017 — Scanning the latest hyperbolic headlines on obesity research, we’re left with just one question. Does Cinnabon have a cure for obesity? It’s really quite amazing. The Tech Times tells us “Cinnamon Could be the Secret Ingredient to Weight Loss.” USA Today says “Cinnamon May Help Attack Fat, Fight Obesity.” So maybe all that Cinnabon smell […]

Just How Toxic Is Screen Time?

November 25, 2017 — Jean Twenge and her colleagues have a pretty dire story to tell you. It’s all about the toxic effects of screen time on our youth: In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large […]

Can Obesity Drugs Match Surgery’s Effectiveness?

November 24, 2017 — Novo Nordisk is feeling bold. The company has long been a leader in diabetes care. But now, it aims to create obesity drugs that will match the effectiveness of bariatric surgery. CEO Lars Fruergaard Jorgensen told investors this week: We are making a bet on obesity, and we believe we can ride it based on lifting […]

Name It, Shame It, Call It Out?

November 23, 2017 — We can’t ignore it. The Scarlet S – shame – is everywhere in the news. And it’s a coin with two sides. On one side of this coin, the Scarlet S is riding high. Women are shaming awful men who assaulted, abused, and harassed them. And everyone is hoping for a turning point toward a more just […]