Posts Tagged ‘weight gain’

Nicotine and Obesity: Filtering the Data

February 18, 2016 — Individually, both nicotine and obesity are challenging subjects where bias creeps in from strongly held views. When they come together, the challenge is compounded. A new analysis published by the National Bureau of Economic Research reminds us that the challenge is unavoidable because significant weight gain is one of the consequences of quitting smoking — […]

Magic Weight Loss Fruit: Three Reasons for Doubt

February 1, 2016 — In the past week, headlines have been full of claims that flavonoids in fruit such as strawberries and blueberries are “the secret to losing weight.” They stop just short of announcing the discovery of magic weight loss fruit. The root of this nonsense is a Harvard study that proves no such thing. In fact, what […]

Arkansas Plan for Health Instead of Obesity

October 19, 2015 — Late last week, Arkansas unveiled a brand new 10-year plan to promote health instead of obesity. Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson was responsible for re-branding the initiative, which was originally called the “obesity plan.” At a news conference, he explained: I wanted this to be a positive value set for the state of Arkansas. This is not […]

Does Body Shame Drive Unhealthy Eating?

October 11, 2015 — In the midst of the growing cultural relevance of body positivity, a new study in Appetite regarding the effects of body shame on eating behaviors is well worth reading. Nicolos Troop found that feelings of body shame predicted high caloric consumption. Though the study has limitations, it certainly adds to the reasons for thinking there’s nothing benign about […]

New Perspective on Pregnancy, Weight Gain, and Obesity

February 24, 2015 — Despite growing evidence about the impact of obesity on the health of both mother and child, there’s been a near total lack of guidance on pregnancy, weight gain, and obesity — until now. Today in Obesity, researchers are publishing data from McGee-Womens Hospital that provides new perspective on the subject. The study is the first to provide […]

Two for One: Fecal Transplant + Obesity

February 9, 2015 — Fecal transplant has quickly moved from the status of a medical oddity to an accepted, lifesaving therapy for Clostridium dificile colitis. In parallel to its development for c. diff, obesity researchers have been studying the impact of transplanting fecal microbes from animals with obesity to animals without it, and vice versa. So the case report of a […]

A Bigger Body Does Not Equal a Diseased Body

January 6, 2015 — Yet another pair of studies is stirring up confusion about whether obesity is defined entirely by a bigger body. Elisa Fabbrini and colleagues from the Washington University School of Medicine studied the metabolic effects of weight gain in a small, elegant study comparing people with normal metabolic heath at a BMI above 30 with matched controls. People in […]

Holiday Weight Gain Is for Adults

December 22, 2014 — Christmas is for children, or so the old song tells us. But holiday weight gain is for adults. You can thank Dale Schoeller for this insight from a recent, thorough review of the subject published in Physiology & Behavior. A significant body of research on the subject of holiday weight gain has accumulated in the scientific […]

Is Weight Loss Overrated?

December 17, 2014 — With all the energy and money that goes into it, we wonder, is weight loss overrated? Could it be that long-term weight maintenance strategies are much more important? Certainly, weight maintenance seems to be the biggest challenge if you look at the natural progression of obesity and its treatment over time. By comparison, weight loss is […]

How Many Calories Make a Pound of Fat?

December 15, 2014 — In politics, a lie repeated often enough becomes the truth. In obesity, a false assumption too often becomes the basis for policy and innumerable publications. So it is with the false assumption that 3500 calories make a pound of fat. A recent publication in Biological Psychiatry used that assumption to conclude that the metabolic effects of […]