Posts Tagged ‘public health’

Finding More Diagnoses of Type 2 Diabetes Is No Problem

October 27, 2017 — It’s been a reliable trope about type 2 diabetes for a long time. Supposedly, as much as a third of it goes undiagnosed. But a closer look says that finding more diagnoses of type 2 diabetes isn’t much of a problem any more. In Annals of Internal Medicine, Elizabeth Selvin and colleagues published a careful […]

The Annoying Distraction of “Evil” Beverage Companies

October 26, 2017 — Coke has a new CEO and a new corporate strategy that seems like it’s starting to work. You can find the essence of it in Coke’s new image advertising. Maybe the company that taught the world to sing is starting to shed some of the reputation issues that have dogged it for years now. A […]

Ten Things Not to Miss at ObesityWeek 2017

October 25, 2017 — The excitement is rising. The world’s top obesity researchers, clinicians, and policymakers will soon be arriving in Washington’s National Harbor for ObesityWeek 2017. If you’re going to be there, you better plan ahead. this year, the meeting will have twice as much basic science, twice as much health policy, and three times as many late-breaking […]

Prevention That Sounds Too Good to Be True

October 24, 2017 — It’s an easy trap. Prevention is a cherished goal for childhood obesity. Behavioral economics has such a strong cachet that it just earned Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize. So when elegant research that says little nudges – like a sticker on a piece of fruit – can lead children to make better food choices, we want to […]

Saving Healthcare for the Healthy in the UK

October 21, 2017 — Budgets are tight. England’s National Health Service (NHS) faces a funding gap that threatens patient safety and the quality of care. What to do? Two clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire have a plan. They’ll restrict care for smokers and people with obesity. Smokers will have to quit before they can have non-urgent surgery. People with […]

Blame, Diversions, and Ten Times More Childhood Obesity

October 20, 2017 — Blame and diversions are no substitute for dealing with the complex reality of a rising tide of childhood obesity. In a thoughtful essay, Sara Kirk points to blame and shame  as a tool for diverting public attention away from finding real solutions. A Ten-Fold Increase Since 1975 For the last 40 years, we’ve been throwing […]

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 […]