Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

Hucksterism, Nihilism, and Reality in Obesity

December 15, 2017 — The time is coming near. As this year draws to a close and the next year opens, people are lining up to sell you inspiring stories of weight loss. These stories are all about people who have changed their lives in dramatic ways. Sometimes they’re selling a product or a program. Sometimes it’s a book. […]

Biology? Not So Important in Obesity, Say PCPs

December 13, 2017 — We have a new window into the thinking of primary care physicians (PCPs) about obesity. But the view is dismal. On the subject of obesity, physicians believe that that biology is not so important. Why do people with obesity tend to regain weight? Physicians say behavioral factors are more important than biology. Likewise, they rated […]

Setting a Goal to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

December 8, 2017 — Sensational headlines have been hiding a serious story this week. NBC tells us that diet shakes and dropping sodas can reverse diabetes. But behind those headlines lies an important study and an even more important concept. Obesity care specialists and researchers are finding ways to reverse type 2 diabetes through better clinical care. To be […]

How Obesity Stacks the Odds in Cancer Against You

November 10, 2017 — When it comes to cancer, it’s increasingly clear that obesity stacks the odds against you in two ways. First, obesity is a key risk factor for many cancers. And second, obesity leads to worse outcomes in cancer treatment. Low Awareness That Obesity Is a Risk Factor People understand that smoking and sun exposure can cause […]

Digging Into the Real Benefits of Physical Activity

November 9, 2017 — Getting down to the facts about the health benefits of physical activity is harder than it should be. But three new studies this week and a new roadmap for change certainly set the stage. The popular myth is that working out is a great way to lose weight. But the truth is better than the […]

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 […]