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Follow the accumulating evidence and observations that shape our view of health policy and obesity

Record High in Severe Childhood Obesity for the UK

October 14, 2019 — The prevalence of severe childhood obesity has reached a record high in the U.K. In fact, severe obesity now affects 4.4 percent of all children in England. Among children with economic deprivation the risk is four times higher. In response, we hear lots of talk. But action has been spotty. The U.K. is making less […]

When Your Body Image Becomes Your Business Card

October 13, 2019 — The fitness industry is booming. But is it promoting fitness and health? Or is it promoting an unhealthy preoccupation with body image? Writing for The Lily, Nicole Chung reflects on this dilemma. Becoming a fitness instructor, she got herself into great shape. However, she found that her body image issues grew worse than ever as […]

World Obesity Day: Stigma and Neglect at the Crux

October 12, 2019 — Marking World Obesity Day, leaders from all over the world took a moment yesterday to reflect. Stigma and neglect amplify the threat of obesity to global public health. For decades now, efforts have gone into amping up the problem. But little has gone into real solutions. Prevention receives lip service. Presumptions about what should work […]

Deceiving Consumers About What to Eat and Drink

October 11, 2019 — Is there such a thing as righteous deception? If you want to make your head hurt, try to ask yourself that in the context of plant-based food alternatives. Fake meat and fake milk are going mainstream. But the folks who make real meat and real milk don’t like it. Not a bit. They think these […]

Debunking the Debunking of Nutrition Beliefs

October 10, 2019 — Debunking the sacred cows of nutrition makes for fabulous clickbait. But we wonder if it’s helping. Right now, two different examples are generating a lot of heat, but not much enlightenment. One is the never ending debate about the role of carbohydrates and insulin in obesity. The other is a recent review of the evidence […]

Live Longer with a Dog in Your Life

October 9, 2019 — A pair of studies and an editorial published in Circulation yesterday reinforce a long-standing observation. People live longer with a dog in their lives. So is this cause and effect? Maybe. These two very substantial studies support a growing body of evidence. In fact, the relationship between owning a dog and risk of death from […]

Hypertension Rising in Children

October 8, 2019 — Hypertension is a significant problem for older adults. But now, it’s becoming a concern for children and youth. A new study in JAMA Pediatrics tells us that the global prevalence of high blood pressure is rising in children and youth. Mainly, it’s because rates of childhood obesity are rising around the world. Eight Times More […]

Peloton: Hot Tech Stock or Fitness Spin?

October 7, 2019 — How can it be that fitness is so hot, yet obesity is stubbornly rising? Peloton is a case in point. It’s that uber-cool exercise bike selling for an appropriately cool $2,000 and up. Just in case you’re ready to part with some more cash, the company has a $4,000+ treadmill for you, too. But it […]

The Switch Effect on Diabetes: More Than Weight Loss

October 6, 2019 — Why is the switch so much more effective for reversing diabetes than gastric bypass? It’s an uncommon procedure more specifically known as biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. New research in Cell Metabolism provides some answers. Hint: it’s not all about the weight loss. Better Insulin Sensitivity Conventional wisdom holds that this procedure is simply a […]

Personal, Corporate, and Public Responsibility for Obesity

October 5, 2019 — For most of the first 30 years of the obesity epidemic, the response has been simple. Address it as a failure of personal responsibility. But that hasn’t worked out so well. Marion Nestle explained this in her keynote address for the Obesity Medicine Association Fall Summit yesterday in Boston. Today’s food environment makes it socially […]