Posts Tagged ‘obesity causes’

Urbanization Causes Obesity? Not Exactly

June 20, 2018 — It’s a familiar theme. Urbanization is spreading obesity around the world in low and middle income countries. And the implication is that urbanization has already done damage to higher income countries like the U.S. But like most familiar themes of obesity, this one doesn’t hold up to close scrutiny. Rural Obesity Soaring in the U.S. […]

The Brain’s Control Center for Diabetes and Obesity

June 16, 2018 — Yesterday, Michael Schwartz delivered this year’s Blackburn Lecture in Obesity Medicine. The lecture series honors both the memory of George Blackburn and individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the science of obesity. Schwartz painted a remarkably clear picture of some complex neuroscience. Evidence is accumulating to describe the brain’s control center for diabetes and […]

Linking Nutrition and Health Part 2: Obesity and Overeating

June 15, 2018 — Good nutrition brings good health. That much is easy. Overeating begets obesity? Not so fast, said Lee Kaplan as he opened the 31st Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine yesterday. This is a case of an association that is so tight that many people take it for granted. But linking nutrition to health has many […]

A Seemingly Endless Pursuit of Good and Bad Calories

June 11, 2018 — Sunday morning at Nutrition 2018, the seemingly endless pursuit of good and bad calories continued. Five distinguished scientists presented diverse views. But it all adds up to the same thing. All calories make a difference. Energy balance is a helpful concept. And physiology usually wins. Jim Hill: A Complex Adaptive System Hill offered a detailed […]

Do Guidelines Promote Excessive Weight Gain in Pregnancy?

June 7, 2018 — Weight gain is a key feature of a normal, healthy pregnancy. But it’s also a tricky subject that comes back to the core question of what’s normal and healthy. Good nutrition is important for both mother and child. Too little or too much weight gain can bring problems. Two new studies shed some light on […]

Fat and Happy and Fuzzy About Causality

June 1, 2018 — In 1886, JAMA advised its readers that, with proper feeding, an infant grows fat and happy. Many cultures for many years have linked fatness with happiness. Now, in Social Science & Medicine, Shuanglong Lia and colleagues tell us they have empirical evidence. Among urban Chinese adults, they claim that happiness brings a higher BMI. Causality […]

Obesity: Information or Stigmatization from the Media?

May 25, 2018 — Public understanding of obesity is fraught by misinformation and stigma. But the subject of weight and health captures public attention like nothing else. So the media faces an ethical choice when reporting on obesity.  Yesterday, CEO Joe Nadglowski of the Obesity Action Coalition put his finger on it. Will journalists promote information or stigmatization? This […]

Poverty and Obesity: Where Does the Problem Start?

May 3, 2018 — It’s become a bit of a cliché. Poverty and obesity seem to travel together. Though obesity rates are rising among all social and economic groups, populations under the most pressure suffer disproportionately. But that begs a question. How does the relationship between poverty and obesity work? Reversing the Usual Assumption The typical assumption is that […]

Feeding the Healthy Food Marketing Machine

April 29, 2018 — Everyone wants to eat healthy. The healthy food marketing machine is ready and able to sell it to you. And so, FDA is gearing up the tools to help. At the recent National Food Policy Conference in Washington, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb offered a snapshot of agency priorities on health claims for food. Healthy and […]

Childbirth: Coincidence or Cause for Obesity?

April 26, 2018 — It’s one of those deeply entrenched beliefs. Having a baby can be a trigger for weight gain that’s seemingly impossible to shed. But it begs a question. Does having children increase the risk of obesity for a woman? A new study published in Obesity this week suggests that the answer is no. No Association Between […]