Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’

Penalties for Health and Genetic Privacy at Work

March 12, 2017 — All is not well in certain parts of the wellness industry. Employers are shying away from intrusive and coercive wellness programs that employees resent. So the wellness industry is looking for a bigger stick. They’re quietly pushing a bill that would make it easier to levy big penalties on employees who don’t want their employers […]

Thanks for Reading, Following, and Keeping Us Sharp

February 28, 2017 — It’s time to stop and say thanks. Thanks to the thousands of readers who take the time to consider the ideas and news that we share every day. Thanks to growing numbers of people who request our daily update in their inbox. You have plenty of stuff filling that inbox. So we’re quite flattered that you […]

George Blackburn: Father of Obesity and Nutrition Medicine

February 22, 2017 — We feel the world diminished by the loss of a very fine man this week. George Blackburn, MD, PhD, died on Tuesday at his home in Boston. President-elect Caroline Apovian of the Obesity Society explains: My friend and mentor George Blackburn was truly the father of nutrition and obesity medicine. He is someone who supported […]

Little Snack Bar Takes On Big Food

February 17, 2017 — It’s a perfect narrative. A brave entrepreneur making healthy snack bars is putting his money on the line to bring us truth in nutrition. Daniel Lubetzky, founder and owner of Kind Bars LLC, announced Tuesday that he is funding the creation of a new nonprofit. He will call it Feed the Truth. And thus, Little […]

Growing Gaps in Pediatric Obesity Care

February 7, 2017 — As the prevalence of severe childhood obesity continues to grow, the gap in resources and guidelines for pediatric obesity care is reaching a crisis. In Clinical Obesity this month, Timothy Nissen and colleagues published an analysis of the evidence for current pediatric obesity guidelines. They found existing guidelines are out of date. The evidence supporting them is […]

Sensible Public Health or Sugar Shaming?

February 6, 2017 — A new solution for obesity, proposed by Michael Goran and Emily Ventura, is floating through the opinion pages of newspapers all over the world. They say that we should wake up to risks of “secondhand sugars” for infants and young children. If we see a pregnant woman drink a soda, we should worry for the unborn […]

Clean Eating, Dirty Reputation

February 3, 2017 — Clean eating, it seems, is earning a bit of a dirty reputation. This popular meme has grown out of the even more popular idea of healthy eating. Cambridge scientist Giles Yeo examined a range of clean eating fads for a BBC Horizons film. With the gentle persistence of a real scientist, Yeo takes apart inflated […]

Junk Food, Junk Diets, and Junk Policy for Obesity

January 25, 2017 — A series of reviews in the International Journal of Obesity raises fundamental questions about policies to address obesity. How meaningful is the ever popular idea of junk food? Shouldn’t we instead be concerned about junk diets? Are economic strategies for addressing obesity likely to have a measurable effect? Are we damaging public trust by relying […]

The Perception Gap in Obesity Care

January 12, 2017 — When does a benefit not feel like a benefit? In the case of obesity care, that feeling comes with the perception that it’s just out of reach. Even though insurance coverage for obesity care is improving, a significant gap remains. And part of the problem is a perception gap. A new study published in Obesity […]

Advocating for the Cause of Respect and Care

January 9, 2017 — With nearly two dozen of the brightest people in obesity care and advocacy, we just spent the weekend sorting out opportunities that lie ahead for the Obesity Action Coalition. OAC Chair Amber Huett-Garcia summarized what motivates her to commit her energies to this cause for respect and care: The OAC gets better every year. The […]