Posts Tagged ‘health outcomes’

How Bias and Discrimination Make Us Sick

November 13, 2017 — Bias and discrimination are ugly aspects of human nature. They come in many forms. Fat shaming, racism, and sexism are all very much in the news. Also in the news is the physical harm to our health from repeated, stressful experiences with discrimination. The stress of bias and discrimination is making us sick. The Stress […]

How Obesity Stacks the Odds in Cancer Against You

November 10, 2017 — When it comes to cancer, it’s increasingly clear that obesity stacks the odds against you in two ways. First, obesity is a key risk factor for many cancers. And second, obesity leads to worse outcomes in cancer treatment. Low Awareness That Obesity Is a Risk Factor People understand that smoking and sun exposure can cause […]

Digging Into the Real Benefits of Physical Activity

November 9, 2017 — Getting down to the facts about the health benefits of physical activity is harder than it should be. But three new studies this week and a new roadmap for change certainly set the stage. The popular myth is that working out is a great way to lose weight. But the truth is better than the […]

Does Sensational Blame for Obesity in Britain Matter?

November 8, 2017 — Is it a coincidence? Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of sensational headlines from the UK, loaded with blame for people living with obesity. Some parts of the NHS have adopted rules to deny surgery to people with obesity. Tabloids run headlines about “obese patients eating themselves to DEATH.” Examples of sensational blame directed at […]

When a Wellness Program Is Unwell

November 7, 2017 — Wellness is certainly a noble pursuit. Plenty of companies are genuinely interested in promoting the wellbeing of their workforce. And in the eight billion dollar wellness industry, some of the vendors are quite scrupulous about selling well-designed programs. But not all. Our friend Al Lewis began a series yesterday to remind us how wellness program […]

Ten Reflections from ObesityWeek 2017

November 4, 2017 — ObesityWeek 2017 is finished. It’s been an intense week with some of the smartest people in the world, dealing with the subject of obesity. Most people don’t really want to think deeply about it. But these people devote their careers to it. So what can we take home. Here are ten ideas that floated to […]

An Action Gap in the Chronic Disease of Obesity

November 3, 2017 — Four years after the American Medical Association decided to regard obesity as a chronic disease, we have a serious action gap. Research published this week in Obesity and presented at ObesityWeek makes it clear. Three major groups all regard obesity as a disease: people who have it, healthcare providers, and employers. Yet they leave it […]

Does a Gastric Sleeve Affect Teen Brain Function?

November 1, 2017 — At ObesityWeek, the Obesity Journal Symposium is always a good bet and yesterday was no exception. Among five excellent papers, one was especially intriguing – a study of how a gastric sleeve affects teen brain function. It was a small, but careful study with tantalizing results. Alaina Pearce and colleagues studied 36 patients in one active […]

Had Enough: Inconclusive Obesity Paradox Publications

October 22, 2017 — “More research is needed.” We find those immortal words at the end of a large percentage of research papers. But Anna Peeters is calling for just the opposite. In the International Journal of Obesity (IJO), she says we’ve had enough of inconclusive obesity paradox publications. How Much Health Risk Does Obesity Cause? Simply asking this […]

Saving Healthcare for the Healthy in the UK

October 21, 2017 — Budgets are tight. England’s National Health Service (NHS) faces a funding gap that threatens patient safety and the quality of care. What to do? Two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire have a plan. They’ll restrict care for smokers and people with obesity. Smokers will have to quit before they can have non-urgent surgery. People with […]