Posts Tagged ‘childhood obesity’

Youth-Onset Diabetes: Ample Reason for Concern

June 10, 2019 — If the recent news of diabetes incidence going down seemed like great news, let’s remember there’s a flip side to that. In youth, type 2 diabetes is still rising. At the American Diabetes Association (ADA) scientific meeting, researchers spelled out the implication. Youth-onset diabetes (type 2) is harsh. Complications come faster and they hit harder. […]

Cheap Talk About Childhood Obesity Brings Great Harm

June 6, 2019 — Talk is cheap. And frankly, we’re fed up with cheap talk about childhood obesity. Yes, we need effective prevention. But we don’t have it. Want proof? Look at the relentless rise in childhood obesity prevalence. So in the meantime, we need to start caring for kids, teens, and families who are living with obesity. And […]

Might Universal Basic Income Reduce Obesity?

June 2, 2019 — Universal basic income is generating some buzz in this election cycle. Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is pushing this idea of a guaranteed income for every adult. No strings attached. But Alaska already has it. Since 1983, the state’s Permanent Fund Dividend has provided an annual, unconditional, and universal income to Alaskans. What’s more, economists are […]

Leads in Leeds for Reducing Childhood Obesity

May 3, 2019 — Has the England’s city of Leeds cracked the code for reducing childhood obesity? A new study presented at ECO 2019 and published in Pediatric Obesity certainly has some people trumpeting success. Says senior author Susan Jebb: It is sometimes too easy to think nothing is working, this shows something can be done. What we need […]

Breast Is Best, But Does It Prevent Obesity?

May 1, 2019 — The World Health Organization is doing some great work on obesity in the European Region. For instance, they just published an outstanding new report at ECO2019 on the prevalence of severe childhood obesity in 21 countries. Unfortunately, though, they buried it in a press release that falsely promotes breastfeeding as a proven effective strategy to […]

Bias That Leaves Children Without Options

April 30, 2019 — You might think that childhood obesity is a subject that draws a lot of sympathy from the public. You would be wrong. Today at the 26th European Congress on Obesity, we presented new data on a huge gap in the public understanding of severe obesity in young children. Even in young children, our data shows […]

Too Few Kids Judged with Obesity? Not Really

April 28, 2019 — On what planet is this a problem? Yet again, we have people promoting that too few children are being judged with having obesity. In a review and meta-analysis for ECO 2019, Abrar Alshahrani describes the problem: Parents commonly describe their children in terms other than obese, such as big boned, thick, and solid. They demonstrated […]

Did WIC Changes Drive Down Childhood Obesity?

April 8, 2019 — Many folks working on childhood obesity prevention love the numbers for toddlers between 2010 and 2014. That’s because they found a temporary dip in obesity at that specific time for that specific group. The latest chapter in this story appeared in Pediatrics last week. Madeleine Daepp and colleagues published a very detailed analysis of obesity […]

Getting a Fix from Digital Screens and Food Rewards

April 7, 2019 — Is it mere coincidence that the rise of digital screen time has moved in parallel with the rise in obesity? A new paper points to a possible explanation. Researchers studied the effects of multitasking on digital screens by college students. They found a close relationship between heavy multitasking and and a stronger brain response to […]

From Abstractions to Reality at the PHA Summit

April 2, 2019 — The Partnership for a Healthier American (PHA) came from a desire by First Lady Michelle Obama to do something about the ever rising levels of childhood obesity. It was the private complement to her Let’s Move! campaign. But here’s the thing. The word obesity was absent from the vocabulary of PHA. It’s been all about […]