Posts Tagged ‘public health’

Oh Noes! A Pumpkin Spice Tax?

October 18, 2017 — Leave our pumpkin spice alone, daggone it! Everyone is taking a shot at robbing us of the joy that pumpkin spice brings to fall. John Oliver is mocking us. Frank Bruni is telling us pumpkin spice will destroy us all. But the cruelest insult comes from MagnifyMoney, where Brittney Laryea tells us we’re paying a huge […]

Balancing Hope and Facts in Childhood Obesity

October 17, 2017 — Hope and facts live together in an uneasy relationship. We have an excellent example before us as we digest the latest trends in childhood obesity. Specifically, we’re looking at the prevalence in children between the ages of two and five. In new statistics for 2016, the number reached a new high: 13.9%. Perhaps you recall […]

Will Omega-6 Fats Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

October 14, 2017 — Health reporters are having fun this week with another observational study. A large analysis of prospective cohorts from all over the world found a strong association between linoleic acid and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. So naturally, the researchers sent out a press release: Omega-6 Fats May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes Is […]

Can We Get Real? Obesity Rates Are Up Again

October 13, 2017 — Happy talk makes us impatient. Today, new data on obesity are out from the CDC and they are not good. Yet again, the U.S. is setting new records for obesity rates. Among adults the prevalence is now up to 39.6%. For children and youth, it’s up to 18.5%. Most notably, a big jump came in […]

Soda Tax Loses Its Fizz in Chicago

October 11, 2017 — The soda tax we barely knew in Chicago is fading into history. Big soda is celebrating a win. Big soda haters are nursing their wounds. In the face of intense public pressure yesterday, the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to roll back the county’s tax scheme on December 1. It only went into effect […]

Another Nobel Prize That Reflects on Obesity

October 10, 2017 — Last week it was the biological clocks that rule our metabolism. This week it’s the economics of little nudges in everyday choices – like what to eat. For bringing economic and behavioral sciences together, Richard Thaler has won the Nobel Prize in economics. Thaler explained how people make decisions that do not always seem rational. He […]

Obesity and Cancer: Risks and Prevention

October 9, 2017 — Do you think the primary risks of obesity are diabetes and heart disease? Well, perhaps you should think again. The link between obesity and cancer clearly deserves your attention. A new report published in the CDC MMWR examines trends in cancers associated with obesity. Brooke Steele and colleagues found that 40% of all cancers diagnosed in […]

Why Is Respecting Patient Autonomy So Hard?

October 8, 2017 — A more intensely personal subject than body weight is hard to find. Add in the stigma of obesity and the subject becomes even more sensitive. So perhaps it should be no wonder that obesity presents some very hard challenges for respecting a person’s autonomy. The impulse to tell people what we might think is best […]

Addicted to Outrage: Can We Talk About Nutrition and Obesity?

October 6, 2017 — Outrage surrounds us. The internet amplifies it. Politicians are feeding on it. Sadly and too often, it drives policymaking. And unfortunately, it gets in the way of talking rationally about nutrition and obesity. Hank Green suggested two years ago that our culture is nursing an addiction to outrage. And events that followed have proved him […]

Antibiotics in Livestock: Time for Slimming Down the Herd?

October 6, 2017 — It’s unmistakeable. Change is coming to the business of fattening up livestock and selling meat for human consumption. Many factors are bringing change, but antibiotics are in sharp focus right now. A report in Science calls for bold global action. The authors recommend caps on antibiotic use, reductions in meat consumption, and a user fee […]