Posts Tagged ‘Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’

BMI: Can’t Let It Go

October 20, 2014 — BMI (body mass index) is a tool that everybody loves to hate. And despite all the problems we have with it and plenty of other options, we can’t seem to let it go. That’s the conclusion that Steven Heymfield and Scott Going presented to an auditorium packed with dietitians at the annual meeting of the Academy of […]

Is Fat Shaming OK if You Target Parents?

August 12, 2014 — The folks who brought you billboards saying “Fat Kids Become Fat Adults” are back in the news because of a fat shaming video that’s getting lots of play on YouTube this week. This video seems to direct more of the shame toward the parents. It traces the roots of an young adult’s obesity back to […]


August 9, 2014 — Chippuccino is coming to a store near you. Seriously. Along with Bacon Mac & Cheese, Wavy Mango Salsa, and Kettle Cooked Wasabi Ginger chips, Frito-Lay is now shipping Cappuccino potato chips to supermarkets around the U.S. Those four flavors were the winners from thousands of submissions in the Lays Do Us a Flavor contest, which […]

How to Penalize Pre-Existing Conditions under Obamacare

June 1, 2014 — Health insurance penalties for pre-existing conditions are supposed to be a thing of the past under the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or Obamacare). And things are clearly much better for people who used to be all but uninsurable because of a pre-existing condition. Even so, ingenious insurers are finding ways to make people pay extra […]

Obesity Under Control? Not Exactly

April 26, 2014 — Obesity under control? Such claims are premature, said ConscienHealth founder Ted Kyle Friday in a presentation to the Connecticut Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A steady stream of headlines claiming that initiatives against childhood obesity are working or that the total rate of obesity is leveling off, leaves the public with a false impression that […]

Treat Obesity or Wait for Complications?

March 31, 2014 — The Public Policy Workshop of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics convened Sunday in Washington and two of the top issues relate to the need to treat obesity as a matter of health, rather than simply wait for complications. Approximately 400 nutrition professionals from all over the country will be visiting their senators and representatives […]

Three Steps for Dealing with Obesity

March 26, 2014 — The endocrinologists have gotten religion about dealing with obesity as a chronic disease. In 2011, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) adopted a position affirming that obesity is a complex, chronic disease. Ever since then, AACE has been showing up at every public forum that arises to affirm their support for addressing obesity as […]

Beware, Active Couch Potatoes

March 22, 2014 — Active couch potatoes — people who sit for hours daily, but still get enough exercise — are living a common lifestyle that puts them at risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and death. Dale Bond opened the annual Weight Management Symposium of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in St Louis yesterday with a compelling […]

Five Overlooked Sources of Bias

March 19, 2014 — Martin Binks reminds us that many overlooked sources of bias get pushed out of view by a singular focus on bias associated with commercial financial interests. His commentary has just been published online in the International Journal of Obesity.  In another recent commentary — this one in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine […]

No More Name-Calling

February 22, 2014 — Name-calling is something that civility puts out of bounds, especially when the subject is someone with a chronic disease or a disability. Decades have passed since it was permissible to demean people by labeling them with a disability or a chronic condition. Labels like “cripples,” “autistics,” and “epileptics” have — thankfully — passed out of […]