Posts Tagged ‘obesity statistics’

 Let’s Move Past Simplistic Happy Talk on Childhood Obesity

November 20, 2016 — Commenters are churning out lots of commentary about elitists and populists these days. We would prefer a turn toward realists. And for a dose of reality about childhood obesity, voices from Appalachia might be worth hearing.  Amidst a lot of happy talk about obesity rates dropping in toddlers, West Virginia’s Parkersburg News and Sentinel has some […]

The Elusive Price for Obesity

September 19, 2016 — Conversations about obesity almost inevitably come around to its costliness. Look for references on obesity costs and you’ll get a million results. But despite so much attention to economic analysis, putting a price on the diagnosis of obesity turns out to be quite a messy task. Even the relatively simpler matter of estimating direct medical costs […]

The Problem with Obesity Scorecards

September 6, 2016 — For many years, the Trust for America’s Health has been cranking out obesity scorecards. In concert with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, they’ve just rolled out the 2016 edition of The State of Obesity. More a media tool than an objective analysis, this report generates an impressive volume of headlines: Do You Live in One […]

Soda Sales Down in Mexico – Now What?

August 1, 2016 — Authors of a new study published in PLOS ONE report that soda sales were down in Mexico for the first year after an 8% tax on soda and other junk foods went into effect. The decline was especially steep in households with low socioeconomic status (SES). Overall, households cut their consumption of junk foods and sugar-sweetened beverages by 5%. Low SES […]

Discipline Doesn’t Prevent Obesity in the Military

June 28, 2016 — We sometimes hear from people who should know better that obesity results from a failure of self-discipline. It’s a conviction that’s hard to shake. But a new study in Obesity finds a rising rate of obesity in one of the most highly disciplined populations in the world: the U.S. military. Clearly, discipline does not protect people […]

Obesity Trends: Up, Down, and Sideways

June 10, 2016 — If you’re confused about obesity trends, don’t feel bad. Epidemiologists from the CDC published quite a bit of new data in JAMA this week and you can find a wide range of trends in these publications. Just fish around in the numbers and you’re bound to find something you like. If you want a happy story, you can go […]

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 […]