Posts Tagged ‘obesity causes’

Just How Toxic Is Screen Time?

November 25, 2017 — Jean Twenge and her colleagues have a pretty dire story to tell you. It’s all about the toxic effects of screen time on our youth: In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless – classic symptoms of depression – surged 33 percent in large […]

Soda’s Down, But Obesity’s Up. What Gives?

November 16, 2017 — We have a bit of good news and a bit of bad news in the soda-obesity war this week. The good news is that soda’s down. A new paper just published online in Obesity confirms what the industry has been saying for several years now. People are drinking less soda. In fact, they’re drinking less […]

Straws: Consumption Technology Circling the Earth

November 12, 2017 — Apparently, we’re filling oceans and landfills with enough plastic drinking straws to circle the earth twice (and then some) every day. Why do we suck so much? Because we can. Those plastic tubes empower us to suck up caloric liquids everywhere, all the time. All other thoughts fade away. Mmmmm. Ahhhh. It’s the pause that […]

The Simplicity of Obesity and the Magic of Nutrition

October 28, 2017 — Welcome to a world of magic. In this world, obesity is simple. One pound of fat is the result of eating 3,500 calories. In this magical kingdom, the exalted Mayo Clinic tells us: Your weight is a balancing act, but the equation is simple: If you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight. […]

Ten Things Not to Miss at ObesityWeek 2017

October 25, 2017 — The excitement is rising. The world’s top obesity researchers, clinicians, and policymakers will soon be arriving in Washington’s National Harbor for ObesityWeek 2017. If you’re going to be there, you better plan ahead. this year, the meeting will have twice as much basic science, twice as much health policy, and three times as many late-breaking […]

Blame, Diversions, and Ten Times More Childhood Obesity

October 20, 2017 — Blame and diversions are no substitute for dealing with the complex reality of a rising tide of childhood obesity. In a thoughtful essay, Sara Kirk points to blame and shame  as a tool for diverting public attention away from finding real solutions. A Ten-Fold Increase Since 1975 For the last 40 years, we’ve been throwing […]

Antibiotics in Livestock: Time for Slimming Down the Herd?

October 6, 2017 — It’s unmistakeable. Change is coming to the business of fattening up livestock and selling meat for human consumption. Many factors are bringing change, but antibiotics are in sharp focus right now. A report in Science calls for bold global action. The authors recommend caps on antibiotic use, reductions in meat consumption, and a user fee […]

Circadian Rhythms: A Nobel Prize and Obesity Insights

October 3, 2017 — This year’s Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine is here. For their work on the genetic basis of circadian rhythms, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young are sharing the prize. They discovered a gene in fruit flies that helps explain the mechanism for just about every living thing to adapt to the rhythms of […]

The Young Science of Built Environments and Obesity

September 13, 2017 — Are we building places that harm our health? Yesterday, distinguished professor Jim Sallis told us, unequivocally, yes we are. At the National Academy of Sciences, he opened a survey of the young science of built environments and obesity. The Roundtable on Obesity Solutions sponsored this workshop. Rarely Studied Until the 21st Century Well into the […]

Obesity? What Obesity? It’s Only Ideology

September 7, 2017 — We live in a polarized age of brittle ideologies. Is the connection between obesity and health merely a product of ideology? A new paper in Critical Public Health argues for that view. And the authors propose “an end to seeing obesity as a significant health issue.” Right now, we need more respect for diverse views on difficult […]