Posts Tagged ‘childhood obesity’

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,” […]

Obesity Awareness Raising: More Harm Than Help

May 21, 2017 — Awareness raising sounds innocent enough. People are forever raising awareness about neglected diseases. Helping people recognize a problem can be a constructive step on the way to solving it – usually. And so it is that some well-intended folks are proposing “shock tactics” to promote obesity awareness. They want to compel parents in the UK to take […]

Is It Time to Dump BMI for Youth? TMI May Be Better

May 17, 2017 — Body Mass Index (BMI) is that essential tool we love to hate. As a marker for obesity in adults, BMI stirs never-ending debates. Despite its limitations, nothing seems likely to replace BMI for adults. But for young people, the story is very different. BMI doesn’t work so well for children and teens. And now, a […]

School Nutrition: Take It with a Grain of Salt

May 2, 2017 — Is human nutrition now a political issue? It seems so. In his first week on the job, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue dined on chicken nuggets at a Virginia elementary school. Then he announced he is easing back on school nutrition standards. This administration will “make school meals great again,” he proclaimed. Careful Praise for Michelle Obama Perdue offered […]

Diabetes Rising Relentlessly in Kids

April 14, 2017 — This week in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new report provides the clearest picture of diabetes trends in kids that we’ve ever had. It’s not a pretty picture. We see new cases of  diabetes rising relentlessly in kids. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes cases are rising. Startling Trends in Black and Native […]