Posts Tagged ‘evidence based medicine’

Unreasonable Doubts About Obesity and Health

November 2, 2018 — “’Obesity’ is not the health risk it has been reported to be,” says the HAES® Fact Sheet. But that assertion stands in stark contrast to the findings of a new study in Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology this week. The study adds to a large body of evidence and begs a question. At what point does […]

Big Butter Bias Bites the BMJ

October 28, 2018 — Has a big butter bias bitten the BMJ on the backside? Roughly 180 academics from all over the world have signed an open letter to the BMJ. They’re asking for better editorial rigor at one of the BMJ journals – The British Journal of Sports Medicine. What prompted this? A series of articles seeming to promote a pro-butter […]

Fencing at FNCE: HAES and Weight Management

October 23, 2018 — Yesterday at FNCE, dietitians witnessed an event with a split personality. Was it a debate? Or was it a conversation? The title said it was both – a debate and a conversation on weight management and Health at Every Size®. (People in the HAES movement want you to know, that’s their trademark.) Whatever it was, […]

Does the USPSTF Understand What Chronic Means?

September 24, 2018 — The USPSTF is one of those acronyms that provides a good test of sobriety. If you can say it five times quickly, you’re either completely sober or a hopeless health policy geek. It stands for the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Last week, the task force affirmed that primary care providers should refer adults […]

Bariatric Surgery: Information, Misinformation, and Inertia

September 10, 2018 — A striking pair of papers in JAMA Surgery offers powerful food for thought about bariatric surgery. The first is a systematic review of how safe and effective it is for Medicare patients. The second is a commentary from well-respected health policy researchers. After reading these papers, we see a huge huge gap. On one hand, we have […]

National Obesity Care Week: 5 Reasons to Take Action

September 7, 2018 — We’re just one month away from National Obesity Care Week. It’s October 7-16 this year. But now is the time to make your plans and pledge to take action. Here’s why. 1. Weight Bias Is Blocking Progress Weight stigma starts early and hits hard. It has devastating effects on health and quality of life at […]

Lorcaserin: From Also-Ran to Holy Grail in the NEJM

August 27, 2018 — Back in July, we told you about a landmark cardiovascular outcomes study with lorcaserin. We only had topline results at that point, but we knew that this would be big. Today, we have a publication in the New England Journal of Medicine, an editorial, and lots of hyperbolic buzz in headlines all over the world. […]

Which Poisons More: Coconut Oil or Nutrition Hyperbole?

August 22, 2018 — Professor Karin Michels is presenting us with a dilemma today. On one hand, we’ve written before about the absurdity of the coconut oil fad. People have been swallowing tablespoonfuls of this fat, chasing bogus health claims they’ve been reading in social media feeds. Cures everything from obesity to Alzheimer’s. Gwyneth Paltrow recommends swishing it in […]

Plummeting Childhood Obesity and Skyrocketing Happiness

May 28, 2018 — Wishful thinking is not the foundation for sustainable health strategies. But when the subject is obesity, it’s abundant. In the bioethics journal Sound Decisions, we find an author telling us this month that skyrocketing happiness will result when obesity declines. Thus, more happiness per person justifies government regulation of food portions, writes Shelby Kantner. Wishing […]

What’s the Real Harm of Repeated Weight Cycling?

April 4, 2018 — The common presumption is that losing weight and then regaining it will slowly, but surely cost you in terms of health. Reading, writing, and responding to your thoughts yesterday about Cass Elliot provided a stark reminder of this. Elliot – just like many other people who live with obesity – could lose large amounts of weight […]