Posts Tagged ‘obesity treatment’

A Double Dose of Discrimination

June 17, 2018 — A pair of presentations at the 31st Harvard Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine reminds us of much work to do. We have an embarrassing gap in respectful and equitable care for people with obesity. Scott Kahan gave a compelling overview of weight bias and stigma. On top of that, Fatima Cody Stanford described the added heath […]

Growing Old with Obesity, Blowing Up Healthcare Budgets

June 6, 2018 — If you’re looking for good economic news, avert your eyes from healthcare. Trustees told us yesterday that Medicare will be insolvent only eight years from now. That’s three years sooner than the last estimate. One reason is that healthcare spending is growing faster now. Healthcare spending is up by 5.3% this year. Why? A new […]

Costly Hurdles for Bariatric Surgery

May 29, 2018 — It’s hard to say exactly why we’ve put so many hurdles in the way of effective obesity care. But a new analysis in Medical Care shows us that these are costly hurdles. David Kim, David Arterburn, Sean Sullivan, and Anirban Basu find that cost sharing for bariatric surgery is a bad idea. Payers lose $7 […]

Unlocking the Secrets of Beige Fat for Energy Balance

May 22, 2018 — The science of fat tissue has progressed in quite an impressive way over the last decade. And just yesterday, researchers added a new milestone to that progress. With a new paper in Nature Medicine, Heejin Jun and colleagues identified a neurological pathway that may be critical for activating beige fat cells to burn energy. And […]

An Ethicist Asks: Is Obesity Acceptable?

May 17, 2018 — In a provocative post on Medscape, medical ethicist Arthur Caplan tells us that he doesn’t believe in literally calling out people with obesity and shaming them. But, he says, we can’t give in to acceptance. Obesity is just too harmful to health. What Exactly Does That Mean? We find ourselves scratching our heads over his […]

What’s in the Toolbox for Severe Childhood Obesity?

May 15, 2018 — Justin Ryder, Claudia Fox, and Aaron Kelly offer us an excellent overview of the options for treating severe childhood obesity. Unfortunately, for all the talk of urgency about childhood obesity, the options are far too few. Intense Focus on Lifestyle The cornerstone of care for youth with severe obesity remains lifestyle interventions. It’s a low […]

More Progress with a Super Targeted Obesity Drug

May 11, 2018 — Two years ago, Rhythm Pharmaceuticals made a big splash with a study showing impressive efficacy for their super targeted obesity drug, setmelanotide. That paper in the New England Journal of Medicine showed setmelanotide could reverse obesity in patients with a rare POMC gene defect. Now, researchers have published new data showing promise in patients with […]

Puppies: The Cure for Obesity?

May 7, 2018 — This is a tricky subject. That’s because ConscienHealth most definitely supports puppies. And owning a puppy can have benefits for health and well being. It encourages people to get out and get moving. But as a cure for obesity and heart disease, they come up short. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop news sites from publishing clickbait […]

A Royal Reception for Obesity Research

May 5, 2018 — Friday brought a perfect occasion to step back and appreciate a decade of progress in obesity research. Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark visited the obesity research center of Novo Nordisk in Seattle. Four years ago, that research center did not even exist. Today, it’s generating an impressive stream of new drugs. […]

It’s Complicated: Embracing or Avoiding Failure in Obesity

May 1, 2018 — A new viewpoint in the current issue of JAMA suggests that how we embrace or avoid failure in pursuing health-related changes has a direct impact on motivation. Shreya Kangovi and David Asch caution that self-monitoring aspects for health promotion has some disadvantages. When the number on the scale for those attempting weight loss, or on […]