Archive for the ‘Scientific Meetings & Publications’ Category

Obesity? What Obesity? It’s Only Ideology

September 7, 2017 — We live in a polarized age of brittle ideologies. Is the connection between obesity and health merely a product of ideology? A new paper in Critical Public Health argues for that view. And the authors propose “an end to seeing obesity as a significant health issue.” Right now, we need more respect for diverse views on difficult […]

Are Pediatricians Hooked on BMI Scores for Kids?

September 6, 2017 — When it comes to BMI, everyone is a hater. Even so, most people are content to keep using it as an easy number to screen adults for obesity. But for kids, everyone knows BMI just doesn’t work. In Pediatrics this month, Bill Dietz  describes “widespread agreement” that BMI scores for kids with severe obesity are […]

Children with High Blood Pressure: Will Concern Bring Care?

September 5, 2017 — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a rising concern about children with high blood pressure. So they have issued new guidelines that could lead to a million or more new diagnoses. Rising in Parallel with Severe Childhood Obesity The best estimates suggest that 3.5% of children in the U.S. have high blood pressure. That […]

Weight and Health: Consider the Source, Dismiss the Facts?

September 4, 2017 — The subject of weight and health and obesity can be a great way to shut down a conversation. Or really stir it up. It all depends on whether people are ready to listen to each other. Does Overweight – Not Obesity – Cause a Shorter Life? A lengthy article in The Atlantic illustrates how quickly people can stop […]

Two-Way Streets Between Sleep, Stress, and Obesity

September 3, 2017 — More and more, studies are telling us that sleep, stress, and obesity are tightly bound together. And the link is tough to unravel. Over recent decades, concerns about sleep, stress, and obesity have been rising in parallel. Also, they seem to affect each other. Could it be that stress and sleep  should play a bigger […]

Nutrition Neophilia Scrambles the Picture

September 2, 2017 — We have breaking news from Barcelona! Headlines from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress this week tell us: “Everything the government teaches us about eating is wrong.” Normally sober and cautious, Stat tells us: “Huge new study casts doubt on conventional wisdom about fat and carbs.” But you needn’t be alarmed. This is just […]

Stealth Health Study Suggests Less Can Be More

September 1, 2017 — So many food products call out to us with health claims. Lowfat! Light and fit! No added sugar! The not so subtle suggestion is to buy more, and thus, eat more. But there’s another strategy under consideration by industry and health advocates: stealth health. A new study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition suggests that […]

Counting Pennies for Family-Based Childhood Obesity Care

August 30, 2017 — A new economic analysis published in Pediatrics leaves us with simple questions. Are we willing to pay for childhood obesity care? If we believe in family values, how do we value families? Cost-Effectiveness of Family-Based Childhood Obesity Care Teresa Quattrin and colleagues have previously demonstrated the effectiveness of family-based care for childhood obesity. And they […]

Is Narcissism Taking Over Mindfulness?

August 29, 2017 — Good news, everybody! You can now order “A More Mindful Burger” at Epic Burger in Chicago. Or a mindful trucker’s cap from Mindful Supply. Authors stand ready to sell you books on every flavor of mindfulness you can imagine: pregnancy, parenting, politics, teaching, and spirituality. Oh, and of course, mindful eating is an especially hot […]

FDA: Liraglutide Prevents Heart Attacks, Strokes, and CV Deaths

August 28, 2017 — It’s official as of Friday. Liraglutide (Victoza) is not only for treating type 2 diabetes and obesity. FDA now says it also effectively prevents heart attacks, strokes, and cardiovascular deaths. This new information applies to people taking it for diabetes who also have heart disease. A Dramatic, Ongoing Shift in Diabetes Care This news represents […]