Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

Diabetes Remission: Missed Opportunities

October 4, 2017 — In BMJ, Louise McCombie and colleagues are stirring up an important dialogue. They note that medical records seldom document diabetes remission. Why, they ask? To answer their own question, they say this failure reflects a prevailing bias that type 2  diabetes is incurable. That presumption is a missed opportunity for hope and for better health […]

Fine-Tuning for the Stomach to Treat Obesity

September 27, 2017 — Could it be that a little fine-tuning for the stomach can have a real effect on obesity? That’s the gist of the latest research on how liraglutide (Saxenda) works. The senior author on this study, Michael Camilleri, explains: Liraglutide appears to be very effective in inducing weight loss over three months of treatment. We also […]

Weight Bias That Hits You Coming and Going

September 26, 2017 — On the subject of obesity, personal responsibility is a popular trope. We hear lots of messages that gently blame people with obesity. “You oughta do something about that” is a common form of unhelpful advice. But it doesn’t stop there. All too often, after a person is well down the road to wellness, harsh judgments […]

I’ll Have a Handful of Magic Weight Loss Walnuts, Please

August 24, 2017 — Women’s Health summed up a bunch of sensational headlines recently: “Eating this one food might be the trick to losing weight.” That one food, of course, is magic walnuts. And the headlines flowed from some perfectly valid research. There’s just one tiny problem. Weight loss was not the subject of the research. In fact, the […]

The Stories Men Tell About Weight and Health

August 21, 2017 — Obesity is a very different experience for men and women. From an early age, weight and body image are front and center for women. By far, most participants in obesity studies are women. And roughly 80% of bariatric surgery patients are women.  So a new study of the stories men tell about weight and health […]

Weight Watchers Adapts to Aspirations Beyond Dieting

August 4, 2017 — Weight Watchers seems to be finding life for its brand despite the demise of dieting in popular culture. Business results for the company, released yesterday, show remarkable new vitality. Profits for the company are up by 48% for the second quarter of this year. Memberships are up by 20%, now totaling 3.5 million. CEO Mindy […]

It’s OK to Hate Sweeteners, Just Don’t Wrap It in Science

July 22, 2017 — Nutrition has more than its share of hot button issues. But low-calorie sweeteners stir especially strong feelings and sensational headlines. This week, the Washington Post warns us that “diet drinks are associated with weight gain.” Reader’s Digest tells us to avoid them “at all costs.” America’s president figured this out years ago. I have never […]

Fitness Trackers Are Dead, Long Live Digital Health

July 18, 2017 — Anyone remember the Apple Newton? Or the Palm Pilot? Maybe you were once addicted to a Blackberry – also known as the crackberry because people just couldn’t put them down. Well, it looks like Fitbit might be on its way to technology oblivion – just like all three of those once hot personal tech innovations. Does […]

The Hype and Hope of Personalized Nutrition

July 18, 2017 — At YWM2017 yesterday, Christopher Gardner took a hard look at the hype and hopes for personalized nutrition. It’s an area of intense scientific interest. But a lot of sciency-sounding personalized nutrition advice is more sizzle than substance, as Gardner explained. If someone wants to sell you high-priced genetic testing to reveal the perfect diet for […]

Have People Stopped Worrying About Obesity?

July 7, 2017 — Today’s question crops up in many ways. We see research papers expressing fear that obesity is “becoming the new normal” or that parents are insufficiently concerned about their children’s weight. In this weight and fitness obsessed culture is it possible that people are not worrying enough about obesity? Fewer People Trying to Lose Weight Both […]