All Flesh Doth Frailty Breed

Moving Ahead Despite Imperfect Information in Obesity

Yesterday, we had the privilege to present to a few hundred diabetes educators at AADE17 in Indianapolis. The subject was bias and how it interferes with progress against childhood obesity. So we spent a good bit of time talking about the abundance of imperfect information about obesity.

The best question of the day came from diabetes educators after we finished. “When we have so few answers, how can we go on to make a difference?”

Meeting People Where They Are

The best answer came from fellow educators. “We’re already doing it.” Diabetes educators are face to face with people seeking help with diabetes and obesity every day. Obesity is no more curable than diabetes. Cures and perfect answers are simply not available.

So instead of leaning on presumptions and myths, educators rely on evidence-based practices for reducing the impact of these diseases. They don’t blame and shame people. The best clinicians offer help and hope for better health.

They don’t single out one or two bad foods. Instead, they point people toward healthful patterns for eating that will be sustainable for a lifetime of pleasure and health.

The best of their profession will do it with humility and caring. Worries about imperfect health should never stand in the way of finding better health. And caring goes a long way.

Click here for the presentation. For advice about healthy eating despite an imperfect evidence base, click here.

“All Flesh Doth Frailty Breed,” photograph © Mitchell Haindfield / flickr

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August 5, 2017