Posts Tagged ‘health outcomes’

SNAP, WIC, and Junk Food

February 18, 2018 — It’s a perennial argument. How come we keep letting people in SNAP use it to buy junk food? And every time the answer that comes back is pragmatic. It would be an expensive, bureaucratic nightmare to police junk food in SNAP. But the argument just won’t stop. A new study and new policy proposals promise […]

Getting Past Blame into Real Obesity Care

February 15, 2018 — It’s odd when you think about it. Roughly 40 percent of Americans are living with obesity, but only about two million of them ever get any real medical care for it. We don’t mean bogus diets or advice from Aunt Sara. We mean real, evidence-based obesity care that can improve a person’s health and life. […]

Where Telling People What They Oughta Wanna Eat Fails

February 12, 2018 — It’s hard to miss. Some elements of food policy seem to be telling the world what people oughta wanna eat. And the subtext of that message is the idea that people who aren’t listening are eating junk food. You are what you eat. Junk people eat junk food. Healthy people eat healthy food. A new […]

Three Hurdles for Actually Dealing with Obesity

February 10, 2018 — We’re having a tough time dealing with obesity. Progress is uneven. Prevalence is still rising. The National Academies Roundtable on Obesity Solutions spent a good chunk of this week talking it over. At the end of two days, Chairman Bill Purcell offered a tidy framework for thinking about three hurdles for actually dealing with the […]

A Beautiful Childhood Obesity Plan with Null Results

February 8, 2018 — Schools seem to be the place to start on a childhood obesity plan. School meals, health education, physical activity – strategists have a complete roadmap for preventing childhood obesity at school. But unfortunately, a new study published today in the BMJ points to the distinct possibility that even the most beautiful childhood obesity plan might have […]

Five Weight Loss Supplements Backed by Fiction

February 6, 2018 — Five supplements that claim to speed up weight loss – and what the science says When you google “weight loss” the challenge to sort fact from fiction begins. These five supplements claim to speed up weight loss, but let’s see what the evidence says. 1. Raspberry ketones Raspberry ketones, sold as weight loss tablets, are […]

A Future of Super Healthy and Delicious Food

February 4, 2018 — Are we ready for a future of abundant, super healthy, and delicious food? None of that nasty ultra-processed stuff that’s full of added sugar, salt, and fat? Be careful what you wish for. The power of many trillions of dollars flowing through the global food industry can grant your wish. But things might not turn […]

Don’t Panic, Obesity Is No Longer an Epidemic

February 2, 2018 — Well, actually now it’s officially a pandemic. Nevertheless, it’s pretty clear that the language of obesity panic is totally unhelpful. Unfortunately, what it does accomplish is the promotion of bias and discrimination. The Language of Moral Panic More than a decade ago, Paul Campos published a commentary that described the response to obesity as a […]

Will the Sugar Tax Fad Have an Effect on Obesity?

January 31, 2018 — Resistance to public health policies is the reason that obesity is growing relentlessly. Especially resistance to a sugar tax. That deadpan comment from a health and obesity expert is impressive, opinionated speculation. It came at a recent roundtable of experts to explore strategies for reducing obesity. And the pitch is working. All over the world, […]

Obesity, Health, and Respect for Human Diversity

January 29, 2018 — Respect for human diversity is a slippery goal. You might assume that public health policies advance that goal. But a new analysis from Ximena Ramos Salas and colleagues suggests that the opposite is true. Policies aimed at obesity can contribute to bias against people living with it. Five Pervasive Themes Ramos Salas found five problem […]