Posts Tagged ‘obesity causes’

The Problem with Cookies and Meth

July 2, 2017 — In the New York Times Friday, psychiatrist Richard Friedman tells us that cookies and meth have a great deal in common. He’s taking up a popular, simple explanation for obesity: Contemporary humans did not experience a sudden collapse in self-control. What happened is that cheap, calorie-dense foods that are highly rewarding to your brain are […]

The Endocrine Society: Honestly Seeking Answers About Obesity

June 28, 2017 — Obesity rates started soaring almost four decades ago. Multiple presidents and surgeons general have called for action to address it. You might think we would have an answer by now to the most basic question: why? But we don’t. And this week, the Endocrine Society presented the facts in a scientific statement. It calls for […]

Solving the Obesity Puzzle, Learning from Cancer

June 22, 2017 — We have a complex, chronic disease in our midst. It’s a challenging puzzle. It develops over time. This disease debilitates people and dramatically diminishes the quality of their lives. It comes in many forms and it’s tough to cure. We’d rather prevent it and we’re finding ways to do that. But with millions of people […]

Roxane Gay Offers Us a Difficult Memoir: Her Body’s

June 18, 2017 — Roxane Gay has given us a fabulous gift: the memoir of her body, titled Hunger. It took her through some difficult memories, just as it will take you there if you choose to read it. Gay told the Washington Post: I’d wanted to write about fat for a while, and I didn’t quite know how. […]

Discrimination May Be Hazardous​ to Your Health

June 13, 2017 — Discrimination in many different forms seems to be an imminent health hazard. Experiencing race, gender, or weight discrimination carries risk for poor health outcomes. A growing body of evidence links chronic exposure to discrimination with stress, inflammation, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer risks. Nothing New W.E.B Du Bois concluded in 1906 “that the Negro […]

The Fast Food Obesity Villain Is Fading

June 10, 2017 — Don’t look now, but fast food is fading from view as an obesity villain. Equal parts of boredom and pesky facts seem to be playing a role. Pesky Data Another bit of pesky data surfaced recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Seeking evidence that eating out, especially on fast food, has fuelled obesity […]

Cesarean Birth: Another Myth of Obesity Falls

June 3, 2017 — “With a cesarean section, the path to obesity may begin at birth,” said the LA Times last year. The Harvard School of Public Health says “cesarean delivery may lead to increased risk of obesity among offspring.” The warnings of this link are abundant. But, they are not holding up to close scrutiny. A new study in […]

Is Fitness Harder in the Twenty-Tens?

June 2, 2017 — Boomers had it easy in the 80s, right? The current cross-generation debate has millennials persuasively refuting the idea that they’ve inherited a coddled life. This debate is age old, but one thing is pretty clear. Fitness is harder in the twenty-tens than it was back when Jane Fonda was bobbing around in her workout video. Same […]

Virtue at Every Size

June 1, 2017 — Bless his heart. Michael Bloomberg means well. And he’s done a lot of good for the health of New Yorkers. Life expectancy is up. He boldly took on smoking and trans fats. He’s worked tirelessly to nudge New Yorkers toward healthier diets and more active lives. Nibbling on blackberries, grapes, and carrots – artifacts of virtue – he lamented to Frank […]

The Smallest Losers in Bariatric Surgery: Microbes

May 31, 2017 — Forget the Biggest Loser. Perhaps we should be paying more attention to the smallest losers. We mean the microbes in our guts that serve to digest all of that food we eat. New research is making it clear that the gut microbiome changes profoundly after the most effective widely-used weight loss surgery – gastric bypass. Profound Microbiome […]