Posts Tagged ‘research’

A Beautiful Childhood Obesity Plan with Null Results

February 8, 2018 — Schools seem to be the place to start on a childhood obesity plan. School meals, health education, physical activity – strategists have a complete roadmap for preventing childhood obesity at school. But unfortunately, a new study published today in the BMJ points to the distinct possibility that even the most beautiful childhood obesity plan might have […]

The Comfort of Opinion Without the Discomfort of Thought

February 3, 2018 — Are we enjoying the comfort of our opinions within familiar circles, free from disquieting thought? All too often, the answer is yes. After all, critical thinking can be unpleasant. Perhaps we should note that this concern is nothing new. Consider this excerpt from a commencement address delivered at Yale by President John F. Kennedy. June […]

Learning How Muscles Talk to the Rest of Your Body

January 30, 2018 — The range of health benefits from exercise is really quite remarkable. A longer, happier life, better sleep, better memory, and better health – just to name a few. But how can using your muscles have such a profound effect on your whole body? Well, it turns out that your muscles talk to the rest of your […]

Are Women More Sensitive to the Pleasure of Food?

January 27, 2018 — We eat for many reasons, and one of those reasons is pleasure. Beautiful, appetizing food beckons us, even when we’re not physically hungry. Researchers label those qualities of food as hedonics. Food marketers know that these are the qualities that sell their products. And now, neuroscience suggests that women may be more sensitive than men […]

Digging Deeply into the Personal Molecular Basis of Obesity

January 22, 2018 — One of the hottest concepts in obesity is precision medicine. That’s especially important because obesity is different in every person who experiences it. One person might respond beautifully to a given treatment. Then that same treatment will have disappointing effects in the next person. So it’s exciting to see new landmark research in Cell Systems that […]

OK, So What Should We Do About Obesity?

January 15, 2018 — It’s an obvious and fair question. Quite often, we describe serious flaws in current strategies to address obesity. If we’re going to find fault with current strategies, then what’s the alternative? What should we do about obesity? Here, we offer three priorities that would be at the top of the list if we ran the […]

Obesity Research as a Marketing Tool for 23andMe

January 8, 2018 — With much fanfare, 23andMe recently announced a massive study of the interaction between a person’s genetic profile and weight management. The company has recruited 100,000 customers with excess weight. The study will randomize those people to three different treatment strategies. One of the treatment groups will follow a low-carb diet. Another will cut animal fat and […]

Does Chile Have the Secret for Reversing Obesity Trends?

December 28, 2017 — Writing in U.S. News, Deborah Cohen tells us that Chile has “taken the lead” toward ending the obesity epidemic. “The country’s success on this front can serve as a four-point lesson plan other countries could follow,” she says. Aggressive Regulatory Strategies What is this “success” of which she speaks? According to Cohen, Chilean policymakers did […]

Three Bad Assumptions About the Perfect Storm of Obesity

December 20, 2017 — Bad assumptions make bad policy. And at the heart of policies to address obesity for three decades has been a wobbly understanding of what exactly is causing the perfect storm of obesity. That storm continues to rage despite best efforts to prevent its impact on health around the world. Why, exactly, has the obesity’s prevalence grown […]

ConscienHealth’s Greatest Hits of 2017

December 18, 2017 — This has been a year like no other. As 2017 winds down, we’re grateful that more and more of you have been reading the mix of science and consumer insights we report and interpret here every day. So far this year, more than 90,000 users have spent time reading what we offer on the ConscienHealth […]