Posts Tagged ‘obesity treatment’

Moving Toward Better Medical Training for Obesity Care

April 22, 2017 — The needle is moving. We’ve long known that healthcare providers are ill-equipped to provide competent obesity care. Three years ago, the Bipartisan Policy Center stepped forward. The center called for a long-term effort improve training healthcare professionals in obesity prevention and treatment. Now, we have news that medical training programs are stepping up to the challenge. Training That’s […]

Magic Technology Cures for Diabetes and Obesity

April 18, 2017 — When people are desperate, magical thinking abounds. Even at the New York Times. Right now, you can read about how Silicon Valley technology is going to “tackle weight loss and diabetes with video chats.” With the help of mock apple cobbler and veggie omelets, an accountant and her husband have lost 120 pounds and avoided taking insulin. […]

Maine: Another State Works on Better Obesity Care

April 15, 2017 — This chick hasn’t hatched. But the conversation is encouraging. Yesterday, Maine State Senator Nate Libby presented a bill in committee to reduce obesity and chronic disease rates in Maine by providing better obesity care. LD 1162: “An Act To Reduce the Incidence of Obesity and Chronic Disease in Maine” Specifically, Libby’s bill would provide better access […]

Why Should Anyone Care About Obesity Science?

April 10, 2017 — A comment last week at the National Academy of Sciences from a well-known obesity expert stopped us cold: “I don’t think the science of obesity is going to get us any closer to reducing the burden of obesity in the near term.” Dismissing Science Oh my. We are in deep trouble indeed. Hearing the value […]

Disease Statistics: Competing for the Most Deaths

April 9, 2017 — Disease statistics rise to the top when describing the urgency to solve a critical health problem. How much suffering and death is this causing? A new study in PLOS ONE finds that the number of deaths caused by diabetes may be as much as four times higher than the numbers typically reported. Getting to Root Causes The […]

Filling the Gaps in Obesity Care

April 7, 2017 — At the National Academy of Sciences yesterday, the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions presented a workshop with 27 expert speakers covering the full range of challenges in treating obesity. It started with current options. It extended to pathways for innovation and considerations of payment systems and health policy. One thing was abundantly clear. We have many underused […]

Cana/Phen: Unlocking a Potential New Drug Combination

March 30, 2017 — A new study in Diabetes Care provides tantalizing new data on a potential new combination drug for obesity: cana/phen. The study compared a combination of 300 mg of canagliflozin and 15 mg phentermine to each drug alone and to placebo. It was a randomized, controlled study that lasted 26 weeks. The combination was more effective than […]

Understanding an Inheritance of Obesity

March 29, 2017 — Confronting the inheritance of obesity really grates on people. It challenges a broad cultural bias that obesity is primarily a result of personal choices. The fact of obesity being a highly heritable trait is simply annoying to people who insist that strength of will can solve the problem. Regardless, scientists persist in exploring the genetic basis for […]

Virtue, Wellness, Health, and Obesity after the ACA

March 26, 2017 — Seven years of efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) seem to be taking a rest for now. Perhaps the moral outrage on both sides of this debate can take a rest, too. But will we ever get a rest from health and wellness as a tool for signaling virtue? The Epithet […]

Progress on the Next Generation of Obesity Treatment

March 21, 2017 — Gratefully, we can report progress on the next generation of obesity treatment. For starters, John Blundell and colleagues have just published a controlled clinical trial of semaglutide in obesity. The study is a tightly controlled experiment to explain how the drug works. And beyond semaglutide, more options for treating obesity are moving into development. The […]