Posts Tagged ‘The Obesity Society’

Influence for Change in Obesity

January 28, 2016 — Change in obesity policy and the epidemic itself has been painfully slow for decades. But a growing collection of influential voices in social media are working for more positive steps to improve the lives of people with obesity and reduce the impact of this epidemic. ConscienHealth is fortunate to be one of the top 20 influencers identified […]

27 States Flaunting ACA Ban on Healthcare Discrimination

November 23, 2015 — Five major medical groups have filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, charging 27 states with  healthcare discrimination that violates the Affordable Care Act. They cite denial of access to surgical care for obesity that discriminates against people based on pre-existing conditions, disabilities, and gender. All […]

The Risks of Assuming We Know What Causes Obesity

November 11, 2015 — Oscar Wilde long ago warned about the risks of assuming. But that doesn’t put a dent in some deeply held assumptions about what causes obesity. We lived through decades of nutrition policy that assumed excess fat in the diet was responsible for obesity and a host of other chronic diseases. Now we know that those […]

The Obesity Disconnect Between Patients and Clinicians

November 6, 2015 — A team of leading obesity experts and advocates for people with obesity are presenting qualitative research today at ObesityWeek that suggests a profound disconnect between people with obesity and their healthcare providers. While clinicians see obesity through a lens of health and disease, people with obesity see it more through a lens of lifestyle and social relationships. […]

10 Musts for ObesityWeek 2015

November 1, 2015 — The vastness of Los Angeles is a perfect setting for the vast information on obesity that will be presented at ObesityWeek 2015 beginning Monday. With nearly 1,000 studies being presented in more than 200 scheduled sessions with 30 partner organizations, you might wonder where to start. Picking out a few things to recommend is an absurdly […]

Why Tolerate Magic Weight Loss Scams?

October 22, 2015 — As a matter of policy, FDA tolerates magic weight loss scams. They really don’t have much choice. Unlike prescription or over-the-counter drugs, FDA was effectively stripped of the power to regulate any claims of effectiveness for dietary supplements by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994. Supplement marketers can make any claims they […]

Five Leaders in Obesity

September 5, 2015 — The Obesity Society this week announced the winners of its highest honors for 2015, recognizing five of the top leaders in obesity. These fine people will be recognized at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles November 2-6 for their exemplary leadership, advancing efforts to reduce the health impact of obesity. Thorkild I. A. Sørensen (above) was named to […]

Move It!

August 19, 2015 — With a little less than 18 months to work with, Let’s Move! Executive Director Debra Eschmeyer has an impressive to-do list: bring revised nutrition facts labeling over the finish line, rally support for gains in school nutrition, and prepare for the post-presidency phase of Let’s Move! Leadership of some of the top scientific and professional […]

Name Calling in the New York Times

August 11, 2015 — The number one most emailed story from the New York Times this weekend is one that fell just short of name calling against three different scientists. The narrative behind this story is that funding for research and dialog about the health effects of physical activity is a key ploy by Coca Cola to persuade people […]

Four Competing Obesity Narratives

August 2, 2015 — In a fascinating new paper, Paul Thibodeau and colleagues propose that four competing obesity narratives can explain a lot about how people think about obesity and the solutions they are willing to support. These narratives are: Sin. “A big problem with America is that people are unwilling to make an effort to take care of themselves. People who […]