Posts Tagged ‘health outcomes’

A Tax Policy for Drinking Less Sugar and More Alcohol?

January 25, 2018 — Will taxing sodas bring us more alcohol consumption? That’s the heretical question raised by a new study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The answer they found is a bit complicated. But it’s clear that less soda can mean more beer. Many Choices for Food and Beverages Food and beverage taxes as a […]

Educating Consumers About Healthy Portions

January 24, 2018 — Can we educate consumers about healthy portions? Even if we do, will this have an impact on obesity? This and a host of other questions swirled through an intense day of discussions at Georgetown University Monday. The Georgetown Social Enterprise Initiative convened this closed-panel discussion. Portion Sizes Growing with Obesity While the prevalence of obesity […]

A Stupid Weight Loss Contest at Work: It’s Not Wellness

January 23, 2018 — NBC canceled The Biggest Loser for good reasons, but Schlumberger doesn’t seem to care. Yesterday, this oil industry employer kicked off a $10,000 workplace weight loss contest. They might be telling themselves they’re promoting employee wellness. But they would be wrong. At Best Counterproductive, Dangerous for Some The Biggest Loser was a controversial spectacle from the very […]

Cutting the Risk of Death by 43% with Bariatric Surgery

January 17, 2018 — JAMA released a special issue devoted to obesity late yesterday. Bariatric surgery is front and center. The study that’s grabbing headlines is a retrospective study of survival after bariatric surgery. In a very careful analysis, researchers found that after approximately 4.5 years, bariatric surgery cuts the risk of death by almost half, compared to usual […]

Obesity Peeling a Year Away from U.S. Life Expectancy

January 16, 2018 — American lives have grown shorter for the second year in a row. When CDC issued these statistics in December, all the talk was about drug overdoses. That’s certainly a factor. But a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points to growing obesity rates for peeling away nearly a year […]

Is Genetic Risk of Obesity Really So Hard to Grasp?

January 13, 2018 — C’mon Medscape. Genes are no excuse for obesity? Is that the best you can do with a fine study of obesity, diet, and genetic risk? Sadly, Medscape’s bias about obesity is showing. That’s because the website translated hope for overcoming obesity into a finger wagging headline about excuses. Highly Heritable, Poorly Understood Scientists have long […]

Bariatric Surgery Can Protect Teen Hearts

January 9, 2018 — In severe obesity, teen hearts are at risk. High blood pressure, cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes can begin harming these young people early in life. But a new study published yesterday in Pediatrics confirms that bariatric surgery can resolve these risk factors for teens. An 85% Drop in Teens with ≥ 3 Risk Factors At the […]

Obesity Research as a Marketing Tool for 23andMe

January 8, 2018 — With much fanfare, 23andMe recently announced a massive study of the interaction between a person’s genetic profile and weight management. The company has recruited 100,000 customers with excess weight. The study will randomize those people to three different treatment strategies. One of the treatment groups will follow a low-carb diet. Another will cut animal fat and […]

Stand Up, Kids, Today We’re Going to Fight Obesity

January 7, 2018 — Jamie Oliver is back in the thick of things, fighting childhood obesity in the UK. Together with a charismatic TV doctor, Rangan Chatterjee, he’s proposing some simple solutions to the UK’s problem with childhood obesity. It’s time for kids to stand up in school, they say. Standing desks and better food will do the trick. […]

Obesity Care and Prevention: Best Available Evidence

January 6, 2018 — Evidence is a good thing, right? And when it comes to dealing with a wicked problem like obesity, we certainly advocate for following the evidence. Most people do. And yet, we often find controversies erupting about what the best available evidence tells us we should be doing. Evidence-Based Public Health More and more, we hear […]