Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Conflicted Feelings About a New CDC Director

July 11, 2017 — President Trump has finally appointed a new CDC director. Brenda Fitzgerald, an OB/GYN, is already on the job. Before she took this assignment last week, she was Georgia’s public health commissioner. From colleagues and non-partisan policy folks, we hear high praise. From more ideological folks, we hear a little grumbling. “An Ideal Leader from the […]

Delaying, Not Dropping, the Nutrition Facts Label Update

June 24, 2017 — A few weeks ago, the FDA announced an indefinite delay in the new Nutrition Facts label. This label discloses what’s in every food product sold in the U.S. It would — for the first time ever — give consumers information about how much added sugar is in a product. Howls of Protest When this delay surfaced, howls […]

Who Will Care for Children with Obesity?

June 21, 2017 — Some responses to USPSTF recommendations for screening and care for children with obesity leave us shaking our head. Five million children are living with severe obesity in the U.S. Intensive behavioral therapy works to improve their weight and health status.  Less intensive advice to lose weight is largely ineffective. And yet, policymakers balk: “It could […]

The Looming Healthcare Drama for People with Obesity

June 17, 2017 — Here it comes. Behind closed doors, a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is taking shape and all we have is speculation about what will be in it. Is this healthcare drama worth watching for people living with obesity? Will the result help or hurt us? What Matters: Pre-Existing Conditions Let’s be frank. The […]

Will Trumpcare Cover People with Obesity and Diabetes?

May 16, 2017 — It’s the key sticking point for repealing the Affordable Care Act. Will people with pre-existing conditions still get affordable health coverage? In a forum Friday at Stanford University, Trump’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, provided an answer. He described pre-existing conditions that Trumpcare should cover and shouldn’t cover. The Jimmy Kimmel Test Mulvaney attempted to answer a simple question. “Do you […]

Stepping Back or Stepping Up on Food Policy?

May 14, 2017 — You could see it coming. New leadership in the USDA was careful about pulling back on food policy. “We’re not unwinding or winding back any nutritional standards at all,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. He paired these words with actions to ease up on standards advocated by Michelle Obama. But this week it was the […]

Regulating Food Marketing to Reduce Obesity

May 7, 2017 — “Food advertising and marketing has helped convince the average American that it’s OK to eat lower quality foods more often and in larger portion sizes,” says Sujit Sharma in a CNN commentary. If we “learn from the war on tobacco” and regulate food marketing, can we make an impact on obesity? Sharma and a growing […]

School Nutrition: Take It with a Grain of Salt

May 2, 2017 — Is human nutrition now a political issue? It seems so. In his first week on the job, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue dined on chicken nuggets at a Virginia elementary school. Then he announced he is easing back on school nutrition standards. This administration will “make school meals great again,” he proclaimed. Careful Praise for Michelle Obama Perdue offered […]

Spare Us from Your Stupid Talk About Obesity, Please

April 27, 2017 — “Even fools who keep silent are considered wise.” That proverbial advice applies well in obesity. Unfortunately this week, politicians are not ready to follow it. Stupid talk about obesity keeps smacking us in the face when we read the news. Telling People with Obesity: You’re on Your Own When the Canadian Obesity Network released its […]

Does North Korea “Have a Handle” on Obesity?

April 20, 2017 — Implicit bias has a way of slipping out from time to time. On the subject of obesity, an aspiring British politician let it slip earlier this week. James Cracknell named North Korea and Cuba as “the two countries of the world that have got a handle on obesity.” “They are quite controlling on behavioural change,” […]