Archive for the ‘Scientific Meetings & Publications’ Category

Truth and Light, Carbs and Insulin, Trading Letters in Obesity

May 17, 2024 — “Give a boy a hammer and everything he meets has to be pounded.” Though this hammer-nail-pounding metaphor started half a century ago, it still works well today. For example, folks armed with the carbohydrate insulin model (CIM) of obesity see opportunities everywhere to pound away, bringing truth and light. Whatever the question, carbs and insulin […]

JAMA: Handing Out Anti-Obesity Cash – Why Not?

May 16, 2024 — We’re going to file this under “C” – for cluelessness. A new study in JAMA adds to the list of wellness strategies from people who have little understanding of obesity as a chronic disease. People who don’t understand that one-and-done weight loss does little to resolve the problem. The well-intended concept here is to pay […]

ECO2024: Unease About BMI Defining Clinical Obesity

May 15, 2024 — The symposium that packed an auditorium at ECO2024 yesterday dealt with the fundamental need to get beyond BMI for defining clinical obesity. It seems so simple. “Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair health,” says the World Health Organization. And yet that definition ties back to BMI for […]

ECO2024: Four Years of Semaglutide Heart and Weight Benefits

May 14, 2024 — How long? So many questions about advanced obesity medicines center on this line of inquiry. How long must I take these medicines, how long will their benefits last. Yesterday we learned at ECO2024 that four years of semaglutide offers impressive benefits for a person’s weight and heart health. Nature Medicine published data on weight outcomes […]

ECO2024: Obesity Implicated in Nearly Half of Cancer Cases…But

May 13, 2024 — Compelling new research presented at ECO2024 implicates obesity in nearly half of all cancer cases. Researchers from Lund University in Sweden analyzed data from more than four million adults to find an additional 19 types of cancer for which obesity likely plays a significant role. They explained: “The findings of this study have important public […]

ECO2024: Tailoring and Tapering Obesity Medicines

May 12, 2024 — A pair of studies with semaglutide at ECO2024 in Venice goes straight to the heart of some core questions about advanced obesity medicines. Does everyone need the full, maximum dose to get good results? Will everyone have to keep taking that full dose to keep obesity under control? The answer to both questions is no. […]

Amidst Innovation in Obesity, Inequities Grow Wider

May 11, 2024 — We are living in an amazing time for people who live with obesity. But it is also a time when harsh inequities in health grow wider because of obesity, even though innovation could be bringing brighter prospects for everyone who is vulnerable to this chronic disease. But inequitable access to care might instead be amplifying […]

Five Things to Seek at ECO 2024

May 9, 2024 — We’re packing our bags for Venice, where the European Congress on Obesity (ECO 2024) will start in just a few days. A lot will be coming at us in a short space of time, so taking time to set some priorities is essential. Thus, we have a short list of things that we’ll be seeking […]

The “Success” of Food Policy in Chile to Fight Obesity

May 8, 2024 — Eight years ago, Chile implemented a sweeping food policy initiative to fight obesity. Many public health advocates quickly endorsed these policies. Researcher Deborah Cohen praised this as a success and called it a four-point lesson plan for the U.S. and other countries to follow: “Chile recognizes obesity rates are a crisis that demands urgent action. […]

Torturing Observational Data to Get a Confession – A Case Study

May 6, 2024 — Sometime in the 1960s, economist Ronald Coase, a Nobel laureate, advised colleagues that torturing a set of data can always yield a confession to serve the purpose at hand. As if to prove this adage, a new publication in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology shows us 1,208 ways to analyze NHANES data on all-cause mortality […]