Posts Tagged ‘obesity statistics’

Explaining Cherry-Picked Childhood Obesity Statistics

May 24, 2016 — A new analysis in Pediatrics puts forward a mighty attempt to explain some cherry-picked childhood obesity statistics. Yet the analysis shows that changes in risk factors for obesity, like eating behaviors and physical activity, cannot explain a supposed drop in early childhood obesity. Beginning with a report in 2014, the folks who are working to reduce childhood […]

We Wish Childhood Obesity Were Declining

April 26, 2016 — Count us among the people who wish childhood obesity were declining. Unfortunately, the numbers are not cooperating. A new paper published today in Obesity by Asheley Skinner and colleagues presents a detailed analysis of childhood obesity trends in the latest NHANES analysis and finds “no evidence of a decline in obesity prevalence in any age […]

Who Cares Why Obesity Is Going Global?

April 5, 2016 — The new publication in Lancet presents a stark picture of obesity going global: If post-2000 trends continue, the probability of meeting the global obesity target is virtually zero. Rather, if these trends continue, by 2025, global obesity prevalence will reach 18% in men and surpass 21% in women; severe obesity will surpass 6% in men and 9% […]

Why Does Everyone Hate BMI?

March 19, 2016 — Everyone seems to hate BMI and yet none of the myriad alternatives get much traction. Two new studies look at one of the core problems — a “U-shaped” relationship between BMI and mortality. At the extremes, low BMI and high BMI are both associated with the risk of an early death. But in the middle, the […]

Do Physicians See Obesity?

March 18, 2016 — If you just look at the data, you might think it’s seldom that physicians see obesity in routine clinical practice. CDC has issued a new report on physician office visits for obesity by adults in the U.S. Given that 38% of adults in the U.S. have obesity and obesity is widely recognized to be the […]

Implausibly High BMI

March 17, 2016 — Methods matter. A new study published today in Obesity shows that the prevalence of severe early childhood obesity may be twice as high as previously thought. This is because of limits for what are considered to be impossibly high BMI values in standard methods for estimating obesity prevalence. Those limits are no longer working right because […]

Maybe Kid Sisters Can Prevent Obesity?

March 13, 2016 — An intriguing new longitudinal study finds that children with a younger sibling born while they are two to five years old are much less likely to develop obesity. Thankfully, reporters are resisting the temptation to proclaim that kid sisters (or brothers) can prevent obesity. The study, published in Pediatrics, followed 697 children recruited from ten sites in the U.S. and […]

How Obesity Hides in Plain Sight

February 15, 2016 — The failure to acknowledge obesity is so common in so many situations that it leads people to observe that obesity hides in plain sight. That was the conclusion of Kirsten Mueller and colleagues from the Mayo Clinic who assessed the accuracy of self-reports about weight status from a series of 508 internal medicine outpatients. Only […]

Overlooking Much of Obesity’s Impact on Death Rates

January 6, 2016 — A new study in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences reveals that scientists may be overlooking more than a quarter of obesity’s impact on death rates. The lead author, Andrew Stokes of Boston University, explains: The risks of obesity are obscured in prior research because most of the studies only incorporate information on […]

Happy News Bias on Diabetes Rates

December 3, 2015 — Yahoo Health provides a perfect example of happy news bias in a headline this week: “The Diabetes Rate Is Actually Declining, Says the CDC.” The problem is that the CDC didn’t say it and it isn’t true. Other reports were not as blatantly wrong as Yahoo Health, but they left the same false impression. The truth is that […]