Posts Tagged ‘evidence based clinical care’

Surprise! Vague Weight Loss Advice Fails Us

December 14, 2022 — Decades have passed with medical experts talking about an “obesity epidemic.” Meanwhile the prevalence of this condition rose without a pause. A new study in Family Practice offers some insight into how this plays out in primary care. Madeleine Tremblett, Annabel Poon, Paul Aveyard, and Charlotte Albury analyzed 159 recordings of advice from GPs to […]

OCW2022: All About Real Obesity Care

March 1, 2022 — The care in Obesity Care Week (OCW2022) is all about offering real care for real persons facing real harm from obesity in their lives. Yet more than nine out of ten people living with obesity never get any real medical care for this complex, chronic disease. We have good clinical guidelines for obesity care, but […]

Where Can People Get Access to Real Obesity Care?

January 8, 2022 — Ten years ago, the American Board of Obesity Medicine was not yet certifying physicians in this specialty. Today, obesity medicine is one of the fastest growing medical specialties in the U.S. A total of 5,242 physicians hold this certification. This is indeed good. But the bad news is that it is far from adequate. That […]

The Half-Measure of Screening for Diabetes and Obesity

August 28, 2021 — Half a loaf is better than none, wrote John Heywood in his 1546 book of proverbs. So should we be thrilled that the USPSTF is making a “huge” change to diabetes screening for people with overweight and obesity? Or is this only a half-measure that will do nothing if people don’t have access to care […]

ECO2021: Exposing Thin Science of Herbals for Weight

May 10, 2021 — As the European Congress on Obesity starts this morning, a pair of analyses are casting a harsh light on herbals and dietary supplements for weight loss. In fact, the science for these products is thin. The lead author of this work, Erica Bessell, explains: “Very few high-quality studies have been done on some supplements, with […]

Waiting to Close the Gap in Primary Care of Obesity

November 24, 2020 — We are waiting, but we should not. A tremendous gap in care for obesity stands open. It is the gap between primary care for obesity that people need and an uncomfortable silence that persists – at best. Because right now, if the silence is broken, most often patients receive only vague advice to lose weight. […]

New Canadian Obesity Guidelines: Health Over Weight

August 5, 2020 — New Canadian guidelines for obesity care are out and they set a new standard. The new standard is to set aside weight and focus on health. But, this is harder than you might think. Weight is the metric that everyone understands. Many more consumers seek ways to lose weight. But obesity care is more tedious. […]

More Teens Trying to Lose Weight, Mostly DIY

July 18, 2019 — The number of U.S. adults actively trying to lose weight peaked in 2004 at 62 percent. Ever since, that number’s been dropping. In 2018, according to Gallup, it was down to 54 percent. But the trend for teens is headed in the opposite direction. In 2010, between 16 and 19 years of age, 24 percent […]

A Doctor’s Advice on Weight: Useful or Not?

March 28, 2019 — Exactly how helpful can a primary care provider’s advice on weight be for a person who might be dealing with obesity? The answer is that it depends. Is the doctor offering up generic advice to lose weight? Or are they offering specific, empathetic advice? A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine tells […]

Moving Ahead Despite Imperfect Information in Obesity

August 5, 2017 — Yesterday, we had the privilege to present to a few hundred diabetes educators at AADE17 in Indianapolis. The subject was bias and how it interferes with progress against childhood obesity. So we spent a good bit of time talking about the abundance of imperfect information about obesity. The best question of the day came from […]