Archive for January, 2023

Proving a Point Again on Soda Taxes

January 28, 2023 — When curiosity fades, research ceases to be science and becomes an exercise in advocacy. That advocacy might be for a commercial interest or it might be for a presumably good cause. But in either case, it’s not sound scientific research with the aim of finding the true answer to a clear question. It is a […]

The Utility of Terror for Decisions on Child Health

January 27, 2023 — We count on newspapers for coming up with sensational headlines to inflame passions. Opinion pages seldom disappoint. But those flames of passion very often bring more heat than light. Such was the case yesterday when the New York Times published a sensational headline for an opinion article by a HAES activist, Virginia Sole-Smith. She wants […]

Bariatric Surgery: Longer Life, Certain Risks

January 26, 2023 — An impressive new study in Obesity, with up to 40 years of follow-up, confirms that the benefit of a longer life after bariatric surgery is durable, but it comes with certain risks. The authors of this study, led by Ted Adams, explain: “Results of this study attest to the decades-long durability of bariatric surgery in […]

A Tale of Two (or More) Obesities

January 25, 2023 — When a medical condition starts to define how we see ourselves, the conversation about it gets messy. Is this a health concern? Or is it about appearance and vanity? Is concern about obesity something for the few and the wealthy? Or something that profoundly affects the health of a large segment of the population across […]

Adding Stigma to Obesity and Heart Disease

January 24, 2023 — These are three problems that often travel together. But each one by itself is a problem – stigma, obesity, and heart disease. Now, a new study from the University of Connecticut gives us some of the best empiric evidence yet for the distinct harm that weight stigma adds to obesity and heart disease. Randomized and […]

Does a Cultural Icon Need a “Healthy” Logo?

January 23, 2023 — In plain view, we have an interesting study of contrasts in cultural concepts for healthy eating. Americans have our Food and Drug Administration looking for criteria it can use to award a claim of “healthy” to some foods and not to others. For example, a freshly baked French baguette won’t qualify. Not enough whole grain. […]

Eating Disorders and Obesity: Worthy of Attention

January 22, 2023 — When the American Academy of Pediatrics released its clinical guideline for obesity, it put a spotlight on an odd kind of zero sum thinking. For people promoting this line of thought, the presumption seems to be that parents, advocates, and health professionals have to pick sides. Which is more worthy of our attention – eating […]

Candy Bars with Lots of Protein

January 21, 2023 — Step right up. Bobo’s is ready to sell us a great new health halo in “a new line of protein bars made with simple, clean ingredients and packed with 15 grams of protein.” They’re solving an obvious problem. “In the protein bar aisle, consumers often find themselves overwhelmed with dozens of over-engineered bar options made […]

Cheers for Diverse Thinking on Dietary Guidance

January 20, 2023 — USDA yesterday appointed 20 nationally recognized nutrition and public health experts to serve on the 2025 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. We find good reason for cheers about these appointments – not just because these are some brilliant people – but also because we see them bringing diverse thinking on dietary guidance to this process. Diverse […]

Intuitive Eating, Diet Culture, and Health

January 19, 2023 — Embracing the basic truth that one size does not fit all, January is no longer “diet season” for all. Sure, you can find folks promoting everything from healthy dietary patterns like the Mediterranean diet to diets aimed more directly at weight loss, like intermittent fasting. But now, non-diet diets are sharing the spotlight, too. Intuitive […]