Posts Tagged ‘childhood obesity’

More Food, in More Places, for More Occasions to Eat

June 4, 2018 — People are convinced – perhaps with good reason – that the food supply has changed to give us more obesity now than ever before. Is it the sugar? Or is it the the fat? Many people chalk it up to their belief in the addictive properties of junk food. But we suggest considering that the […]

How Mediterranean Is the Mediterranean Diet?

May 26, 2018 — The Mediterranean diet is all but dead to children in Mediterranean countries. The WHO’s Jao Breda described the problem at ECO2018 this week: The Mediterranean diet for the children in these countries is gone. There is no Mediterranean diet any more. Those who are close to the Mediterranean diet are the Swedish kids. The Mediterranean […]

UK Childhood Obesity May Surpass the U.S.

May 21, 2018 — In just a few days, the European Congress on Obesity (ECO2018) opens in Vienna. This comes as news from London suggests UK childhood obesity rates are rapidly catching up with U.S. Of course, no one is celebrating this milestone. Surpassing the Rates for 11-Year-Olds The latest data come from Britain’s NHS. They show that 20% […]

What’s in the Toolbox for Severe Childhood Obesity?

May 15, 2018 — Justin Ryder, Claudia Fox, and Aaron Kelly offer us an excellent overview of the options for treating severe childhood obesity. Unfortunately, for all the talk of urgency about childhood obesity, the options are far too few. Intense Focus on Lifestyle The cornerstone of care for youth with severe obesity remains lifestyle interventions. It’s a low […]

Cut the Obesity Guilt Trips for Parents, Please

April 21, 2018 — The Daily Express is doing a fine job of upholding a strong reputation for promoting fat shaming in the UK. The tabloid managed to find a sensational guilt trip in three Lancet articles this week on women’s health. The headline was: “Unhealthy lifestyles of mothers-to-be could wreck the lives of future generations.” But the real bottom line […]

FDA Classifies the Sugar in Breast Milk as Added Sugars

April 1, 2018 — New leadership at the FDA took the world by surprise late Saturday night. The agency classified the sugar in breast milk as added sugars and thus a potential health hazard. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb issued strong comments with the ruling: This is a matter of highest importance to public health. So it goes to the heart […]

A Story of Persistence for Health at a Young Age

March 23, 2018 — Recently, we wrote of deep concern about teens with severe obesity who are denied effective obesity care. For insight into why this matters so much, consider the experiences of Maria Caprigno, a proud OAC member and brilliant patient advocate. Her story is one of incredible persistence for health at a very young age. I first […]

Denying Care to Teens with Severe Obesity

March 20, 2018 — Two bits of recent research add to our concern about care denied to teens with severe obesity. One study compares bariatric surgery to intensive medical care. Teens with type 2 diabetes and severe obesity had much better outcomes with bariatric surgery. But another shows that very few teens (0.7%) with severe obesity actually receive the […]

Bad Assumptions About Feeding Infants and Obesity Risk

March 4, 2018 — Will the perfect approach to feeding infants cut their risk of obesity? Perhaps. But if someone tells you they know that perfect approach, be careful. Evidence for such suppositions doesn’t yet exist. Infant-Led Weaning? One supposition has long been that Baby-Led Introduction to Solids (BLISS) would lead to a longer duration of breastfeeding and a […]

Is Childhood Obesity No Longer a Public Concern?

March 2, 2018 — Public concern can be a potent force for action. Former First Lady Michelle Obama used her Let’s Move! campaign to rally concern about childhood obesity into action for better childhood nutrition. Unfortunately, recent studies have made it clear that the number of children living with obesity is not declining. This seems to be true across all […]