Posts Tagged ‘wellness’

Where Telling People What They Oughta Wanna Eat Fails

February 12, 2018 — It’s hard to miss. Some elements of food policy seem to be telling the world what people oughta wanna eat. And the subtext of that message is the idea that people who aren’t listening are eating junk food. You are what you eat. Junk people eat junk food. Healthy people eat healthy food. A new […]

A Stupid Weight Loss Contest at Work: It’s Not Wellness

January 23, 2018 — NBC canceled The Biggest Loser for good reasons, but Schlumberger doesn’t seem to care. Yesterday, this oil industry employer kicked off a $10,000 workplace weight loss contest. They might be telling themselves they’re promoting employee wellness. But they would be wrong. At Best Counterproductive, Dangerous for Some The Biggest Loser was a controversial spectacle from the very […]

Low Dieting Diets Dominate 2018 Best Diets

January 4, 2018 — In case you hadn’t noticed, the 2018 Best Diets feature is out. It’s great click bait for people feeling the weight of all those holiday celebrations. Not much has changed. But the picture is just a little sharper this year. The real news is that this best diets list is, at its heart, anti-dieting. A […]

Obesity, Nutrition, and Health in 2018: What’s Hot, What’s Not

January 1, 2018 — Let’s face it. We might be better off ignoring 80 percent of the reporting on obesity, nutrition, and health. Especially in nutrition, what’s hot one year turns cold the next. And the hot headlines often don’t match the facts. With that said here’s a brief, subjective rundown of some hot and cold subjects for the […]

Weight, Health, and Self-Compassion

December 31, 2017 — It’s here. Diet season is cranking up and the advertisements are bombarding us. Gyms will make the money that sustains them all year with memberships people don’t use. And many people will beat up on themselves when short-term self-help goals fall flat. May we suggest a small dose of self-compassion? The Virtue of Self-Compassion Popular […]

How Do We Feel About Vulnerable People?

December 25, 2017 — Words have power. And today, the powerful word that’s on our mind is vulnerable. Many people today are celebrating the birth a vulnerable baby thousands of years ago. A Banned Word? Last week, political reporters were chattering about a list of words to avoid in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The direction […]

Wellness Penalty/Incentives Lose Again in Court

December 23, 2017 — They’re dead for now. Those godawful coercive wellness programs will be illegal on January 1, 2019, thanks to a new court ruling this week. A judge finally threw out EEOC rules that allowed companies to impose big penalties on employees who don’t step on the scale and lose weight. Some employers called them incentives. But […]

Let’s Banish Food Stress from Thanksgiving

November 21, 2017 — Thanksgiving might be the ideal holiday for our times. Everyone gathers and gives thanks to whomever for whatever however it moves them. And then we enjoy a meal. Together. Perfect, except for maybe one thing – food stress. Moralizing About Food Writing in the New York Times, pediatrician Aaron Carroll tells us that “when we moralize […]

How Will Health Policy Angst Affect Obesity Care?

November 2, 2017 — Efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have come and gone this year. They may come again. But for now, seven years after passage of the Affordable Care Act, the direct impact on obesity care has been hard to see. At the ObesityWeek advocacy forum Wednesday, you could hear just about any perspective you wanted. The […]

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 […]