Posts Tagged ‘advocacy’

Fearlessly Facing Obesity, Standing Up for People

May 1, 2022 — For the last two days, the national board of the Obesity Action Coalition has been thinking deeply about its strategic direction for the next five years. It was an occasion for two very different mindsets. On one hand, we see that much has changed in just the last few years with regard to the problems […]

Population-Wide Personal Preference Policies in Obesity

April 3, 2022 — Policies to address obesity across the whole population often make perfect sense to the people who are promoting them. But often, they run into resistance from people looking at obesity from a very different place. Writing in the Guardian, Clare Finney offers a case in point: “For the 1.25 million men and women with eating […]

Homogeneous Policies for a Heterogeneous Disease

March 29, 2022 — For decades now, health policy advocates have been pursuing a solution to the growing effects of obesity on public health. The banners shift over time, but the goal is pretty consistent. It’s better diets and more physical activity across the population to reverse the trend in obesity prevalence. Low fat everything! Let’s Move! Tax and […]

OCW2022: Why We Care About Obesity Care

March 5, 2022 — As we come to the end of OCW2022, we come to face a basic question: why does it matter? Why do we care about obesity care? The answer is quite simple, really. Science tells us that obesity is a complex, chronic condition driven by our physiology. Yet our culture and even our healthcare systems do […]

OCW2022: Putting an End to Weight Bias

March 2, 2022 — For OCW2022 today, Rebecca Puhl and Ted Kyle take on a tough question: can we put an end to weight bias? In answer to that question, there’s both good news and bad news, highlighted in a new video release today. First the Good News Without a doubt, awareness of weight bias has grown over the […]

Diving into a Culture of Trauma

February 6, 2022 — Is trauma losing its meaning? It seems that accounts of trauma are filling the news. Death and suffering in more than two years of a global pandemic has certainly been traumatic. So too is the toll of gun violence. With the return to more normal school operations, school shootings are once again popping up in […]

Fighting Misinformation with Caustic Misinformation

September 11, 2021 — It seems that anger goes far these days. In fact, it crops up in just about every part of the ideological spectrum on a wide variety of topics. On masks, vaccines, racism, and of course, politics, we find people who see things in very polarized ways. The only thing they have in common is anger. […]

Adiposity Through Chemistry – Time to Pay Attention

September 2, 2021 — Better living through chemistry is a catchphrase that takes us back to a time before obesity was really taking off in America. DuPont dropped that phrase in 1982. But the chemistry that may help bring us more adiposity is starting to get some serious attention. Writing in Obesity Reviews, Kelly Brownell and Tim Lobstein are […]

What Happens When Substituting Plants for Animals?

August 24, 2021 — Popular wisdom holds that we should be substituting plants and for animals in the sources of our food. The reasoning comes down to impact on the environment and arguments for reducing saturated fats in our diets. Much of the writing on this subject – even in scientific journals – comes from a perspective of advocacy. […]

YWM2021: 10 Years of Connecting and Thriving

July 16, 2021 — Tomorrow is the day. At 1 pm, the Obesity Action Coalition will open its tenth annual Your Weight Matters Convention (YWM2021). Many things have changed in the dozen years that ConscienHealth has been working for a better way to reduce the health impact of obesity. But none is more important than the the thriving community […]