Posts Tagged ‘public health’

Sugar’s Swoon Is Going Global

August 20, 2017 — Sugar’s swoon appears to be passing a tipping point, according to a new industry analysis by Rabobank. Food marketers are bowing to consumer pressure and driving sugar out of products, even in developing markets. Expanding on a U.S. Trend For more than a decade now, the reputation of sugar as the primary culprit behind obesity […]

High Hopes and Hard Outcomes in Obesity Policy

August 9, 2017 — Public health policymakers have high hopes for reshaping the food environment to tackle obesity. In 2004, Kelly Brownell proposed that a toxic food environment lies at the root of the obesity epidemic. That idea has impressive staying power. But a new paper in PLOS ONE finds little cause for joy when it looks at the […]

Health at Risk: Connected (or Not), Isolated, and Lonely

August 8, 2017 — At the annual convention of the American Psychological Association Saturday, Professor Julianne Holt-Lunstad warned that feeling lonely may surpass obesity as a health risk. She said: Robust evidence suggests social isolation and loneliness significantly increase risk for premature mortality. The magnitude of the risk exceeds that of many leading health indicators. With an increasing aging […]

The Unfolding, Polarizing Soda Tax Experiment

August 7, 2017 — Add one more U.S. city to the rolling soda tax experiment. Last week Chicago began taxing sweetened beverages at a rate of a penny per ounce. A lawsuit by the Illinois retail merchants association delayed the the tax by a month. On July 28, a judge dismissed the suit and cleared the way for the […]

Can Health Policies Prevent Weight Gain in Young Adults?

August 3, 2017 — We have a new target, folks. For decades now, the preferred cause has been to prevent childhood obesity. Stitch in time. Ounces of prevention. Innocent children. All that fuzzy imagery was easier for people to buy into than addressing obesity in grownups. Writing in JAMA, Bill Dietz calls for expanding that focus to prevent weight […]

Fudging Conclusions About Childhood Obesity Prevention

August 2, 2017 — “We have a pretty good idea of how to curb childhood obesity.” Such convictions run deep. And because of those convictions, prevention is a frontline strategy for dealing with childhood obesity. So it’s especially dispiriting when we see the scientific literature stained by a paper fudging conclusions about childhood obesity prevention. No Significant Effect Morphs […]

Publication Bias at Work: The Case of Parks and Obesity

July 28, 2017 — Sometimes, objective evidence hits the wall against a very popular idea. Bam. Publication bias means that even a careful study might not see the light of day. Consider the case of public parks and obesity. The Indisputable Value of Public Parks Who can dispute the value that parks bring to our lives? They might prompt […]

Fast Food: Not So Downscale, Not So Scary

July 26, 2017 — Back in the day, we knew what was causing all this pesky obesity. Fast food. And we knew it was a downscale habit. The solutions were simple. A little education. A little regulation. Next Problem. Not Exactly Downscale But it turns out that fast food is not so downscale after all. An analysis to be […]

Six Hard Questions to Ask About Obesity Cause and Effect

July 25, 2017 — Yesterday, Kevin Fontaine and David Allison opened their third conference on causality in obesity research at the UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center. They explained the growing urgency to ask hard questions about cause and effect in obesity. Targeting Elusive Causes for Obesity For three decades, obesity prevalence has been growing relentlessly. And yet, we […]

Hurtling Toward 100 Million Americans with Diabetes

July 19, 2017 — America is heading at a breakneck pace toward an awesome milestone – 100 million Americans with diabetes. According to a new CDC report, 30 million have it already. Another 84 million are well on their way. They have prediabetes – elevated blood sugar that makes it very likely for a person to develop full-blown type 2 diabetes. […]