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

Rethinking a Study of the Biggest Loser

December 21, 2021 — If nothing else, we have learned in recent years that it is possible to rationalize anything. In the pandemic and in politics, we see people taking a set of facts and coming up with wildly different interpretations. Likewise in science, we have to think hard about how to make sense of new findings. With new […]

Super Mega High Quality Data on Intermittent Fasting?

December 20, 2021 — We found plenty of buzz words in this press release: mega-analysis, intermittent fasting, high-quality evidence. Who knew that “mega-analysis” was even a real thing? Well it is, but the use of it here to describe an umbrella review of meta-analyses deviates from the most common usage. Nonetheless, it sounds impressive. Setting all that buzz aside, […]

Inspiring Hope Without Lying to Ourselves and Others

December 19, 2021 — Our roller coaster ride is not over. Not by a long shot. Back in July, optimism about putting the COVID pandemic behind us was high. A record number of people told Gallup they felt they were thriving. The swing from a 12-year low was remarkable. But now it seems a more truthful assessment is that […]

Wegovy: Disrupting Obesity Care and Supply Chains

December 18, 2021 — Novo Nordisk has a problem. Yesterday its stock lost 16 billion dollars from its value. This is because the company is hitting some bumps in its journey through the uncharted territory of obesity care. For more than a decade now, Novo has been investing in a genuine effort to meet a need for better obesity […]

The Ten Biggest Stories of 2021 in Obesity and Health

December 17, 2021 — We can’t believe it either. This weird, messy year is winding down and it’s time to figure out what just happened as we prepare to go into an new year of promise and uncertainty. In obesity and health, 2021 was full of change, confusion, and new insights. We started the year with a raging pandemic, […]

The Shameful Power of a Theory of Change

December 16, 2021 — Stages of Change is is a concept deeply embedded in our thinking about health behaviors and obesity. “How ready are you to change?” is the core question. But when applied to obesity care, it is a model with shameful power to promote implicit bias. A new perspective today in the New England Journal of Medicine […]

A Decade of Framing Obesity in the British Press

December 15, 2021 — With the new year on the way, no doubt many headlines will be urging readers to set resolutions to lose the weight they may have put on over the holidays. However, the way the British press talks about weight, obesity, and health has fluctuated markedly in recent years. To learn more about these changes, we […]

SSB Taxes: Ineffective, But Better Than Nothing

December 14, 2021 — JAMA Pediatrics is out with a new study on the weight outcomes for teens after implementing sugar sweetened beverage taxes in Mexico. Spoiler alert: the authors found no effect overall. Given this disappointing result the researchers moved on to subgroups and found a small but statistically significant (p<0.01) association between the taxes and weight outcomes […]

Lost in the Details: Obesity, Antibodies, and Immunity

December 13, 2021 — We’re hearing a lot about antibodies and immunity to COVID-19 and its new variants right now. But unfortunately, a lot of it is speculation that does more to confuse our response than to make us smarter. Omicron significantly reduces Covid antibody protection in small study of Pfizer vaccine recipients, says a typical headline. This is […]

A Graceful Response to the Harsh Impulses We Share

December 12, 2021 — Rudeness is on the rise, says Jennifer Finney Boylan. It’s hard to miss, and few of us can claim to be innocent. Certainly, it’s easy to see in others, when they are taken off a plane because they refuse to wear a face mask. We also see it very clearly in the rudeness of healthcare […]