Archive for the ‘Consumer Trends’ Category

Debunking the Quarantine Weight Gain Meme

May 5, 2020 — Weight talk can be hazardous to one’s mental health. Right now, we hear a lot of it in connection with the coronavirus lockdown. But perhaps it’s utterly pointless. Because the folks who make digital scales at Withings tell us they can see little evidence of excessive quarantine weight gain right now. The company released an […]

Finding an Old Normal in the Midst of Great Losses

April 28, 2020 — The world is just three months into letting go of an old definition of what is normal. We’ve endured tremendous losses. The loss of life is staggering. It’s so great that we’re having trouble tallying it. It now looks like death statistics from all over the world may be off by 60 percent. Excess deaths […]

How Many People Will Healthcare Avoidance Kill?

April 21, 2020 — People are getting the message – #StayHome. But unfortunately hashtag communication is a blunt instrument. This message is having an unintended effect in the form of extreme healthcare avoidance. People are not seeking care, even in emergencies. And thus we see a huge potential for lost lives. Strokes, Heart Attacks, and Appendicitis So far, the […]

Finding Health Benefits in a Pandemic

April 19, 2020 — Enough. We know that the coronavirus pandemic is bringing lots of harm. Already, more than 160,000 precious souls are dead because of it. It’s hitting people with obesity and other chronic conditions especially hard. It’s ravaging communities that are already living with tremendous disadvantages. And it’s taking some of our oldest, wisest, and most talented […]

A Pandemic of Crackpot Science

April 17, 2020 — Scared, bored, and isolated. In the midst of a pandemic, we have the perfect breeding ground for crackpot science. Over the Easter weekend, a rash of fires in the UK scorched almost two dozen cellphone towers. In all, about 50 towers in the UK have burned because of a crackpot theory that 5G communications boost […]

Getting the Care We Need Despite the Virus

April 16, 2020 — It’s a weird time we’re living through. Streets are empty, shops are closed, and our hair is growing unruly. We’re in the midst of a health crisis and yet, our usual means of getting healthcare feels out of reach for many of us. But the truth is that we have options. Health providers are adapting […]

Farmers Ploughing Veggies Into the Dirt

April 13, 2020 — You’ll find lots of speculation about the implications of the COVID-19 lockdown on nutrition. Much of it promotes familiar themes about bad dietary habits. Nutrition guilt trips should be banned in the lockdown, but apparently, they’re not. However, a more interesting and related subject is how the lockdown is totally disrupting the production and distribution […]

Embracing Life While Also Facing Mortality

April 12, 2020 — Most of us are feeling a bit anxious these days. The ironic notion that life is a sexually transmitted condition with 100 percent mortality is a little too close for comfort. Yet somehow, we put it together with spring and find an imperative for embracing life. This is, after all, a season of renewal. Pandemic […]

Today’s Nonsense: Diet and Exercise to Fight COVID-19

April 10, 2020 — Prescriptions for diet and exercise have worked so well for preventing obesity that some folks are selling them for fighting COVID-19. Headlines suggesting this strategy are popping up too often in lifestyle and health reporting. For example, the Wicked Local News in Beverly, Massachusetts, tells us: While not much is known yet about fighting COVID-19, […]

A Coronavirus Boost for Ultra-Processed Foods?

April 8, 2020 — Is the coronavirus pandemic giving a boost to ultra-processed foods? Maybe. In any event, it’s an appealing narrative. We’re all a little tired of reading about issues of life or death and confinement. So lighter stories about how people are chowing down on Chef Boyardee Beefaroni are welcome relief. But it’s worth noting that these […]