Posts Tagged ‘public health’

Self-Pay for Obesity Care Yields More Dropouts

May 25, 2017 — Add this to the list of tobacco control ideas that just don’t work in obesity. When quitting smoking, people seem to succeed more if they have more “skin in the game.” But a new study published today in Obesity finds just the opposite in obesity care. People who self-pay are more likely to drop out […]

Adapt and Prosper – or Not – in the Food Industry

May 23, 2017 — Some parts of the food industry may be leaving us.  Rather than adapt, these companies want to keep selling the dietary equivalent of telephone booths. They imagine they can delay or avoid telling their customers how much sugar they’re pouring into their products. They imagine they can keep selling junk food into schools. Ignore Your […]

Does It Help if a Mother Thinks Her Child Is Overweight?

May 22, 2017 — What mother thinks is important. Children want a mother’s approval and mothers tend to see the best in their children. So is it a problem that mothers tend not to think of their children as overweight? Some researchers think so. “We know that parents tend not to recognise when their children are overweight or obese,” […]

Obesity Awareness Raising: More Harm Than Help

May 21, 2017 — Awareness raising sounds innocent enough. People are forever raising awareness about neglected diseases. Helping people recognize a problem can be a constructive step on the way to solving it – usually. And so it is that some well-intended folks are proposing “shock tactics” to promote obesity awareness. They want to compel parents in the UK to take […]

ECO2017 Media Masterclass: Sounding Obesity Alarms

May 19, 2017 — At ECO2017 yesterday in Porto, Guardian Health Editor Sarah Boseley explained the lens that journalists bring to obesity. She sparked a lively discussion with EASO leaders, health policy advocates, and EASO Patient Council members. Sounding Alarms and Reflecting the Culture As an experienced journalist, Boseley explained a few basics. She expressed little inclination to write […]

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 […]

Hopes and Fears, Bubbles and Booze

May 15, 2017 — Is fear a useful tool for promoting public health? Skimming the headlines you might think so. Hopes and fears for our health often take a ride on the beverages we drink and demonize. Fear the Bubbles In the UK, the press seems delighted to hype a rat study of carbonated water, saying that it will […]

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 […]

If Obesity Is a Disease, What’s Causing It?

May 13, 2017 — Newly published in Obesity Reviews, we have yet another declaration and description of obesity as a disease. For the World Obesity Federation, George Bray, Kyoung Kon Kim, and John Wilding authored a fine position statement declaring that obesity is a chronic, relapsing, progressive disease process. And they are pretty definitive about what’s causing it. Abundant, tasty […]

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 […]