Posts Tagged ‘economic disparities’

 Let’s Move Past Simplistic Happy Talk on Childhood Obesity

November 20, 2016 — Commenters are churning out lots of commentary about elitists and populists these days. We would prefer a turn toward realists. And for a dose of reality about childhood obesity, voices from Appalachia might be worth hearing.  Amidst a lot of happy talk about obesity rates dropping in toddlers, West Virginia’s Parkersburg News and Sentinel has some […]

Rising Disparities, Rising Obesity

January 27, 2016 — A growing body of evidence lends ever more credibility to the idea that rising disparities may have a great deal to do with the seemingly inexorable rise of obesity. The latest is experimental data, published in Appetite, showing that people eat more when confronted with feeling poor or poorer than people around them. The authors […]

Privilege Works in Childhood Obesity

May 20, 2015 — Much has been said over the last year about progress against childhood obesity. Both CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have been out front, saying that the childhood obesity rate “has leveled off” and for children ages 2 to 5, it “has dropped since 2003-04.” New data published in JAMA Pediatrics this week suggests that much of this progress may […]

Widening Disparities May Frustrate Obesity Policies

May 13, 2015 — A new study has us thinking that widening disparities may get in the way of efforts to reverse the the excess of obesity that has developed over the last three decades. Tiffany Powell-Wiley and colleagues conducted a longitudinal study of subjects in the Dallas Heart Study and found that moving to socially and economically deprived […]