Archive for October, 2015

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 […]

Taking Your Brain Off the Hook for Weight Management

October 10, 2015 — A growing body of neuroscience research makes it clear that your brain is at war with itself when you try to reduce your weight through changes in eating and physical activity. Relying too much on the limited capacity of your brain’s executive functions for rational decision making can be a mistake. It is easily overwhelmed by […]

Grilled Dietary Guidelines

October 9, 2015 — This week on Capitol Hill, the House Agriculture Committee was serving up grilled dietary guidelines. In a rare show of bipartisan unity, both Democrats and Republicans expressed concern about the credibility of the new guidelines, which are due to be introduced by the end of the year. Minnesota Representative Collin Peterson summed up what seemed to be […]

Afraid of “Glorifying Obesity?”

October 8, 2015 — In a rather confusing commentary, an associate editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jennifer Graham, expresses her conviction that “it is possible to accept and encourage women without glorifying obesity.” She is obviously right but completely misguided in her apparent concern that “glorifying obesity” is a problem. Ask anyone who is living with obesity if they feel that […]

How Much Added Sugar Is a Lot?

October 7, 2015 — Consumers already have a pretty good idea that too much added sugar in the food they eat is not good. But they’re not so sure how much is a lot. A new study published in Obesity adds to the evidence that proposed changes in the Nutrition Facts label will make things a bit clearer regarding added […]

Three Reasons Saxenda Is Succeeding Where Others Struggle

October 6, 2015 — Recent reports from business analysts are making it clear that Saxenda is succeeding in the market for obesity treatment where other competitors are struggling. Marketed by Novo Nordisk, Saxenda is the fourth new obesity drug treatment introduced in the last four years. The other three — Qsymia, Belviq, and Contrave — all seem to be […]

Certifiable in Obesity Care?

October 5, 2015 — If obesity is such an important consideration for the health of Americans, how come it’s so hard to find healthcare professionals who are skilled in delivering obesity care? The short answer is that certifications for skilled providers have been scarce for a long time. But at the annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and […]

Keeping an Enemies List in Nutrition

October 4, 2015 — If you spend any time perusing headlines in nutrition, it’s hard not to notice a widespread inclination to keep an enemies list in nutrition. The enemy can be a food — maybe red meat. It can be gluten, it can be geneticaly modified food ingredients, it can be processed foods, it can be fat, it can be […]

The Emerging Specialty of Obesity Medicine

October 3, 2015 — In Washington, DC, last night, another milestone in the emerging specialty of obesity medicine was marked. The Obesity Medicine Association celebrated its brand new identity for the group previously known as the American Society of Bariatric Physicians. For most people, the word “bariatric” is a confusing distraction. People know, more or less, what obesity is. Right now, […]

More Questions Than Answers About the Obesity Paradox

October 2, 2015 — A new study published this week in Obesity raises more questions than it answers about the obesity paradox. This paradox had been seen in many studies: people with cardiovascular disease who have excess weight sometimes live longer than people with weight in the normal BMI range. In this new study, Andrew Stokes and Samuel Preston […]