Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

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 […]

Vegetarian Hype in Pursuit of a Noble Purpose

June 20, 2017 — Last week, health reporters treated us to a steady stream of headlines claiming that “a vegetarian diet is twice as effective for weight loss.” At best, these claims are vegetarian hype. From a more skeptical view, these are deceptive claims made to serve what their source believes is a noble purpose. The Source of This […]

What Shall We Do with the O Word?

May 24, 2017 — Obesity – the O word – has an image problem. It’s a condition that nobody wants to have. Nevermind that the best estimates hold that 38% of adults in the U.S. have it. Nevermind that, if ignored, it progresses to cause chronic diseases that harm just about every part of the body. Doctors don’t write it down. […]

Obesity: Chronic Care for a Chronic Disease

May 9, 2017 — Let’s connect the dots. Obesity is a complex, chronic disease. So says the American Medical Association. Chronic diseases require chronic care to prevent complications. So it makes sense that ongoing care would produce better outcomes. But even better, we now have evidence that chronic care saves money. A New RCT in The Lancet Amy Ahern […]

Yo-Yo Dieting: A Seductive Mix of Myth and Reality

May 4, 2017 — Yo-yo dieting is an boogeyman that persists stubbornly in defiance of the facts. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is the latest fuel for a mix of derision and fear mongering. Researchers found an association between weight fluctuations and bad outcomes from heart disease. They did not study dieting or […]

Spare Us from Your Stupid Talk About Obesity, Please

April 27, 2017 — “Even fools who keep silent are considered wise.” That proverbial advice applies well in obesity. Unfortunately this week, politicians are not ready to follow it. Stupid talk about obesity keeps smacking us in the face when we read the news. Telling People with Obesity: You’re on Your Own When the Canadian Obesity Network released its […]

Nordic Food Patterns Going Global for Health

April 16, 2017 — Admittedly, we’ve fed you many glowing words about the Mediterranean diet. So if you’re looking for something different, consider The Nordic Way. Like the Mediterranean diet, the Nordic diet is a satisfying way of eating, with deep roots in culture. And it has an impressive body of science to document health benefits. Arne Astrup, Jennie Brand-Miller, and […]

Cana/Phen: Unlocking a Potential New Drug Combination

March 30, 2017 — A new study in Diabetes Care provides tantalizing new data on a potential new combination drug for obesity: cana/phen. The study compared a combination of 300 mg of canagliflozin and 15 mg phentermine to each drug alone and to placebo. It was a randomized, controlled study that lasted 26 weeks. The combination was more effective than […]