Posts Tagged ‘obesity prevention’

IDK Scrambles Our Thinking About Obesity

August 20, 2018 — Ask a thoughtful scientist precisely what has brought us a global pandemic of obesity and you are likely to get an ambiguous answer. We have plenty of suspects. But no sinuglar culprit. So the honest answer is IDK. Faking It vs “I Don’t Know” Most often, neither journalists nor policymakers let the facts get in […]

The Painful Walk Away from a Flawed Analysis

August 10, 2018 — Five months ago, we wrote about inflated claims of effectiveness from a pilot study of obesity prevention by Scherr et al. An independent group of researchers had written to the journal with concerns about the flawed analysis of the study. The flaws effectively canceled out the claims of effectiveness for the program. But Scherr et […]

Childhood Obesity: A Glimmer of Hope or a Wish?

August 9, 2018 — Journals are bursting with studies of childhood obesity this week. One appeared in Pediatrics. JAMA published two of them. Furthermore, all of these studies were randomized and controlled. On top of all that, JAMA published an editorial, describing “a glimmer of hope” for preventing childhood obesity. A Glimmer or a Wish? Unfortunately, we’re not seeing a lot […]

The Counterintuitive Physiology of Obesity

August 8, 2018 — At the National Academy of Sciences yesterday, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions got a bit of a jolt. It came in the form of an afternoon spent reflecting on the counterintuitive physiology of obesity. One roundtable member summed it up nicely. “This way of thinking about obesity just smashes our old models for solving the […]

Such a Shame About Severe Childhood Obesity

July 24, 2018 — Today we have another round of headlines, clucking about childhood obesity. Unfortunately, the UK is setting new records for severe childhood obesity. It’s such a shame, they say. Obesity is entirely preventable, said Max Davie to reporters. Davie is the officer for health promotion in the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. A Ten-Fold Increase […]

Cures for Obesity and NCDs from a Perch of Privilege

July 19, 2018 — A jarring story is playing out in public health. Momentum is growing to tax sugary drinks and junk foods all over the world. From a perch of privilege it sounds good. If you tax these bad foods and drinks enough, people will stop buying them. Even better, modeling exercises tell advocates that the benefits will […]

Persistent Magical Thinking About Fruits and Veggies

July 15, 2018 — What’s the #1 way Americans are fighting obesity? You guessed it. We’re eating less and moving more. What’s #2? We’re eating more fruits and veggies and salads. Sadly though, these efforts aren’t paying off. Despite putting those great ideas into action, the prevalence of obesity keeps rising. It’s now at an all time high of […]

Are We Now Supposed to Fight the Sugar Epidemic?

July 13, 2018 — For the last two days, Harvard Professors Steven Grinspoon and Frank Hu led a symposium on fighting the sugar epidemic. Coincidentally, the Obesity Society issued a press release yesterday calling for more research on the effects of sugar-sweetened beverage taxes. President-elect Steven Heymsfield said: Although taxing SSBs might generate revenue that can be used to […]

The Global Environment for Soaring Childhood Obesity

July 11, 2018 — New data on almost 13 million people, from 200 countries around the world, points to a tenfold increase in rates of obesity among children and adolescents over the last four decades. This is the largest study of its kind and it paints a startling and depressing picture of a world with soaring childhood obesity. The […]

Really? These Researchers Think BMI Is a Habit?

July 9, 2018 — Harvard’s School of Public Health issued a press release last week that spawned a flood of headlines. Preventing childhood obesity is easy. They have scientific proof. All you need is a mom who follows five healthy habits. That’s right. Following those five habits will cut the risk by 75%. Habit #1: don’t weigh too much. […]