Archive for the ‘Health & Obesity’ Category

A Crude Cartoon Decides Fat Jokes Are Too Offensive

May 29, 2024 — Progress comes in surprising ways. Proving this point, we now have a crude cartoon – South Park – telling the world that fat jokes are too offensive and stupid to be funny. One of the primary characters, Kyle, delivers this new enlightenment in a speech to his school cafeteria: “I was wrong. I used to […]

Semaglutide May Prevent Kidney Disease in Obesity

May 28, 2024 — This moment has been a long time coming. Solid evidence that people live longer, healthier lives when they receive effective treatment for obesity is adding up. On Friday, we learned that semaglutide cuts kidney failure and death in diabetes. Then, over the weekend, Nature Medicine published a study showing that semaglutide may prevent kidney disease […]

Will Advanced Obesity Medicines Change the Food Environment?

May 27, 2024 — The top dishes for this Memorial Day in the U.S. are hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and potato salad. Homemade, none of it (except maybe the hot dogs) belongs to the current boogeyman category of ultra-processed food. Nor does it qualify as the bedrock of a healthy diet. […]

Phones, Social Media, Mental Health, and Obesity

May 26, 2024 — Skimming the headlines, it would be easy to think that the combination of mobile phones and social media are responsible for quite a range of our current ills – including mental health and obesity. If you want to dig deeper, you can find a whole tome on the subject from Jonathan Haidt. He has woven […]

Semaglutide Cuts Kidney Failure and Death in Diabetes

May 25, 2024 — We’ve been waiting for this. Back in October, headlines flashed the news that Novo Nordisk had stopped a big outcomes study of semaglutide and its effect on kidney failure and death. They stopped it because it had worked so well. Continuing to give a placebo to half the people in the study would have been […]

FDA Faces Questions About Drug Safety for People with Obesity

May 24, 2024 — At a hearing this week fo the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Representative Robin Kelly asked the Director of the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Patrizia Cavazzoni, what the agency is doing to ensure that drug labeling adequately protects the safety of people with obesity: “Patients with obesity are frequently excluded […]

Bringing Serious Obesity Care Out of Its Little Bubble

May 23, 2024 — “This is a dream come true.” In her opening presentation yesterday to a diverse group of experts in cardiology, endocrinology, and healthcare, the renowned Donna Ryan was marveling at the broad interest surfacing in serious obesity care – reaching far beyond the limited bubble where it stayed for decades. The American College of Cardiology assembled […]

Will We Miss Ozempic on TikTok?

May 22, 2024 — In a certain way, Ozempic and TikTok were made for each other. One is the most viral social media of the moment. The other is an omnipresent sensation in medical therapy. Both of them fill a vacuum in popular culture. For TikTok, the vacuum might be boredom – though we admit that this assessment comes […]

American Heart: Zap the Gap Between Obesity Science and Care

May 21, 2024 — We are witnessing a conversion experience. With the publication of a new policy statement yesterday, the American Heart Association jumped in with both feet to call for closing the gap between obesity science and the typical care that people with obesity receive. Their statement says: “Experts have learned a great deal about the causes of […]

The Distorted Lens of Behavioral Risks for Global Health

May 20, 2024 — Two updated analyses from the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study came out in the Lancet over the weekend. They bring a very specific lens to the problem of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their looming implications for global health. Through this lens, the focus is on risk factors – high BMI and high blood glucose […]