Posts Tagged ‘obesity prevention’

Obesity Prevention: Where No Effect Is Evidence of Effectiveness

December 29, 2017 — Standards of evidence can seem a little fuzzy in this age of debates with alternative facts. But serious scientists have pretty clear standards. In obesity prevention, though, we wonder about some of the studies that sneak into journals. Take for example this study in Australia. As we wrote months ago, the authors found no overall […]

Does Chile Have the Secret for Reversing Obesity Trends?

December 28, 2017 — Writing in U.S. News, Deborah Cohen tells us that Chile has “taken the lead” toward ending the obesity epidemic. “The country’s success on this front can serve as a four-point lesson plan other countries could follow,” she says. Aggressive Regulatory Strategies What is this “success” of which she speaks? According to Cohen, Chilean policymakers did […]

Hitting the Snooze Button on Holiday Weight Gain?

December 21, 2017 — It’s a fact. Around the time of winter holidays, people tend to gain weight. And when it comes to pop nutrition advice, you can find just about anything you want to hear on the subject of holiday weight gain. Holiday Food Patterns The pattern is clear enough. Lisa Jahns and colleagues actually documented it in […]

Three Bad Assumptions About the Perfect Storm of Obesity

December 20, 2017 — Bad assumptions make bad policy. And at the heart of policies to address obesity for three decades has been a wobbly understanding of what exactly is causing the perfect storm of obesity. That storm continues to rage despite best efforts to prevent its impact on health around the world. Why, exactly, has the obesity’s prevalence grown […]

What’s Happening to the Obesity Boogeyman?

December 19, 2017 — For three decades now, health policy to address obesity has followed the boogeyman model. Children, if you don’t behave better, the obesity boogeyman will get you. The boogeyman is an instinctive human response to to an ominous threat. Hundreds of variations thrive in cultures across time and all over the world, from Iceland to Indonesia. […]

Serving Up More Shame in Children’s Movies

December 9, 2017 — Movies offer an escape from harsh realities, right? That’s the conventional wisdom to explain why we watch. But a new analysis published in the December issue of Pediatrics suggests that’s not entirely true. A child being bullied about body weight can be pretty sure that the most popular children’s movies will include fat shaming messages. […]

NEJM: Childhood Obesity Prevention Won’t Be Enough

November 30, 2017 — Facts are stubborn. And today, one of the stubborn facts of obesity is a bit more clear. Prevention alone is not enough. Late yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine, some leading advocates for childhood obesity prevention wrote: A narrow focus solely on preventing childhood obesity will not avert potential future health damage that may be induced by […]

A New Call for Putting Children First in Childhood Obesity

November 20, 2017 — A big gap just closed. At long last, we will be putting children first in childhood obesity. Until today, efforts to reduce the impact of childhood obesity have been mostly silent on the issue of shame and blame that children and families face with obesity. But today, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Obesity Society […]

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 […]

Looking for a Model of Scientific Integrity?

October 29, 2017 — Stuff happens. Errors creep into research papers. We gripe about it here from time to time. But today we have a great example of how scientific integrity works. Back in July, a group of researchers, led by Yulyu Yeh, published a paper about nutrition education for African-American preschoolers. Their analysis found a benefit for the […]