Posts Tagged ‘childhood obesity’

Can Health Policies Prevent Weight Gain in Young Adults?

August 3, 2017 — We have a new target, folks. For decades now, the preferred cause has been to prevent childhood obesity. Stitch in time. Ounces of prevention. Innocent children. All that fuzzy imagery was easier for people to buy into than addressing obesity in grownups. Writing in JAMA, Bill Dietz calls for expanding that focus to prevent weight […]

Fudging Conclusions About Childhood Obesity Prevention

August 2, 2017 — “We have a pretty good idea of how to curb childhood obesity.” Such convictions run deep. And because of those convictions, prevention is a frontline strategy for dealing with childhood obesity. So it’s especially dispiriting when we see the scientific literature stained by a paper fudging conclusions about childhood obesity prevention. No Significant Effect Morphs […]

Publication Bias at Work: The Case of Parks and Obesity

July 28, 2017 — Sometimes, objective evidence hits the wall against a very popular idea. Bam. Publication bias means that even a careful study might not see the light of day. Consider the case of public parks and obesity. The Indisputable Value of Public Parks Who can dispute the value that parks bring to our lives? They might prompt […]

Sprinkling Bad Stats on Thin Data in Childhood Obesity

July 23, 2017 — Let’s face it. The evidence base for childhood obesity treatment is thin. We don’t need bad stats to muddy the waters even further. But a recent paper in Pediatrics does just that. The authors conducted a randomized controlled trial of metformin in 160 children with obesity. They enrolled equal numbers of male, female, prepubertal, and […]

Spinning for a Noble Purpose Defeats the Purpose

July 10, 2017 — “We know what to do to reduce obesity,” says public health professor Simon Chapman. It’s a common sentiment. But data don’t always line up with that sentiment. When that happens, spinning the data – putting negative results in a positive light – becomes tempting. The PR team at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health provides […]

Making Frenemies with Childhood Obesity

July 9, 2017 — Wonder blob. Lindsay Averill received that nickname from middle school frenemies. They even made up a little song about it. Averill, now a women’s studies scholar and activist, has grown to be a closer friend with the woman who made up that song. And new research tells us that her experience is pretty common.  Having […]

Who Will Care for Children with Obesity?

June 21, 2017 — Some responses to USPSTF recommendations for screening and care for children with obesity leave us shaking our head. Five million children are living with severe obesity in the U.S. Intensive behavioral therapy works to improve their weight and health status.  Less intensive advice to lose weight is largely ineffective. And yet, policymakers balk: “It could […]

Three Steps to Better Obesity Care for Kids

June 6, 2017 — A new randomized, controlled trial of options for community-based childhood obesity care popped up yesterday in JAMA Pediatrics. You won’t find radical breakthroughs in it. But the study offers some solid insights about delivering better obesity care for kids. Lead author Elsie Taveras explained: Our findings are pretty conclusive that three aspects of interventions for childhood obesity […]

Cesarean Birth: Another Myth of Obesity Falls

June 3, 2017 — “With a cesarean section, the path to obesity may begin at birth,” said the LA Times last year. The Harvard School of Public Health says “cesarean delivery may lead to increased risk of obesity among offspring.” The warnings of this link are abundant. But, they are not holding up to close scrutiny. A new study in […]

Does It Help if a Mother Thinks Her Child Is Overweight?

May 22, 2017 — What mother thinks is important. Children want a mother’s approval and mothers tend to see the best in their children. So is it a problem that mothers tend not to think of their children as overweight? Some researchers think so. “We know that parents tend not to recognise when their children are overweight or obese,” […]