Posts Tagged ‘obesity prevention’

Can We Get Real? Obesity Rates Are Up Again

October 13, 2017 — Happy talk makes us impatient. Today, new data on obesity are out from the CDC and they are not good. Yet again, the U.S. is setting new records for obesity rates. Among adults the prevalence is now up to 39.6%. For children and youth, it’s up to 18.5%. Most notably, a big jump came in […]

Soda Tax Loses Its Fizz in Chicago

October 11, 2017 — The soda tax we barely knew in Chicago is fading into history. Big soda is celebrating a win. Big soda haters are nursing their wounds. In the face of intense public pressure yesterday, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to roll back the county’s tax scheme on December 1. It only went into effect […]

Another Nobel Prize That Reflects on Obesity

October 10, 2017 — Last week it was the biological clocks that rule our metabolism. This week it’s the economics of little nudges in everyday choices – like what to eat. For bringing economic and behavioral sciences together, Richard Thaler has won the Nobel Prize in economics. Thaler explained how people make decisions that do not always seem rational. He […]

Obesity and Cancer: Risks and Prevention

October 9, 2017 — Do you think the primary risks of obesity are diabetes and heart disease? Well, perhaps you should think again. The link between obesity and cancer clearly deserves your attention. A new report published in the CDC MMWR examines trends in cancers associated with obesity. Brooke Steele and colleagues found that 40% of all cancers diagnosed in […]

Why Is Respecting Patient Autonomy So Hard?

October 8, 2017 — A more intensely personal subject than body weight is hard to find. Add in the stigma of obesity and the subject becomes even more sensitive. So perhaps it should be no wonder that obesity presents some very hard challenges for respecting a person’s autonomy. The impulse to tell people what we might think is best […]

Child’s Play: Mixing Values with Data

September 19, 2017 — How can insignificant results be clinically significant? It happens. Especially when researchers believes that their program must have a big effect. Consider this conclusion from a recent study of an program to promote more play: Although the differences between intervention and control were not statistically significant, the effect size indicates clinical significance. Promoting Physical Activity Through Child’s Play […]

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 […]

Stealth Health Study Suggests Less Can Be More

September 1, 2017 — So many food products call out to us with health claims. Lowfat! Light and fit! No added sugar! The not so subtle suggestion is to buy more, and thus, eat more. But there’s another strategy under consideration by industry and health advocates: stealth health. A new study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition suggests that […]

Does Eating Breakfast Like a King Really Prevent Obesity?

August 26, 2017 — Celebrity nutritionist Adelle Davis preached it. She said we should be eating breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper in the mid 20th century. Despite little evidence behind her advice, it has incredible staying power. Popular and Controversial Between 1947 and 1965, Davis published four hugely popular books on […]

High Hopes and Hard Outcomes in Obesity Policy

August 9, 2017 — Public health policymakers have high hopes for reshaping the food environment to tackle obesity. In 2004, Kelly Brownell proposed that a toxic food environment lies at the root of the obesity epidemic. That idea has impressive staying power. But a new paper in PLOS ONE finds little cause for joy when it looks at the […]