Archive for September, 2020

The Intersection of Wellness and Conspirituality

September 27, 2020 — The coronavirus pandemic has brought many surprising developments. Who knew that face masks could become a weird type of political brand? But even odder is the intersection of wellness, conspiracy theories, and new age spirituality – or conspirituality. You thought QAnon was a alt-right thing? Well, it’s time to catch up with current events. QAnon […]

Squabbling About Dietary Virtue and a Cheesy Lawsuit

September 26, 2020 — We are in a season where identity is right out front. Everywhere you turn, people are declaring what they stand for and who they’ll vote for. We see banners, little garden flags, even a pickup-sized flag tacked on to a bike by a scrappy old man pedaling furiously down the street. We humans seem driven […]

COVID: Protect Your Health and Save a Life – Your Own

September 25, 2020 — Lots of words are swirling about obesity and COVID-19. Some are helpful. Like this new PSA from the Creative Coalition. That’s a nonprofit advocacy group promoting arts and education. The group wants you to know: COVID-19 is a real problem for people living with obesity. But if that’s you, you’re not alone. You can act […]

The Confused and Incomplete State of Obesity Policies

September 24, 2020 — Fall has arrived and that means we have a new State of Obesity Report from the Trust for America’s Health. The report offers a good inventory of the available data to describe the extent of the challenge we face from obesity. And perhaps more than anything, we agree with this assessment up front in the […]

The Long Road to Retraction in Childhood Obesity

September 23, 2020 — The scientific literature on childhood obesity is a bit dodgy in places. Lots of well-meaning people do studies to prove a point rather than discover hard truths. Obesity evokes emotion and stigma, especially for children. Because stigma is in play, scientific rigor can take second place. In scientific journals, papers about childhood obesity can appear […]

A COVID-19 Alcohol Boom, Bust, and Brawl

September 22, 2020 — The pandemic has left some businesses hurting while giving others a boost. For example, restaurants are hurting, but the business of selling alcohol is having a boom time. People are drinking up during this pandemic. Sooner or later, though, we’ll have to pay the tab. And the real cost may be to our health, warns […]

12 Years, 3,000 Posts, and a Few Insights in Obesity

September 21, 2020 — Twelve years ago, we conceived of something we called ConscienHealth. This week, LinkedIn reminded us and everyone we know on that platform of this anniversary. So many kind words have been flowing in for which we are truly grateful. But this also prompted us to take a look back at what’s happened over those 12 […]

Me Too: Weight Discrimination Is Stubborn

September 20, 2020 — A new perspective in Obesity reminds us that weight discrimination at work is stubborn. Worse yet, it’s perfectly legal. Shreya Sabharwal and colleagues from Harvard describe the situation: Even though weight discrimination has a negative impact on people’s health and wellness and results in unequal academic and job opportunities, there is only one state in […]

How’s Our Pursuit of Happiness Coming Along?

September 19, 2020 — It’s hard to doubt that we’re living in challenging times. If you need evidence, take a look at data on happiness. Since 1972, the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago has been tracking the happiness of Americans. This year, in the midst of a pandemic, we’ve hit an all-time low. In […]

An Enduring Link: COVID-19 and Cardiometabolic Health

September 18, 2020 — More experience with COVID-19 tells us that the relationship between COVID-19 and cardiometabolic health is more than a passing thing. It starts with the risk that obesity confers for worse outcomes with COVID-19. That was the first clue. But that’s not the end of it. Because people are learning that the effects of COVID-19 can […]