Posts Tagged ‘evidence’

Unreasonable Hope for the Coming Year

December 26, 2021 — Hope is, by its very nature, unreasonable. It is not based on empiric evidence. Shane Lopez, editor of the Oxford Handbook of Hope, defined it as: “The belief that the future will be better than the present, along with the belief that you have the power to make it so.” Today, we feel the need […]

When the Ring of Truth Is Merely Confirmation Bias

October 22, 2020 — In the face of uncertainty, humans often rely on the ring of truth. Facing a pandemic and big changes to daily life, reports of depression and anxiety grow. Surely this will bring a spike in suicides, people say. Equally certain is the belief that childhood obesity will rise. But sometimes, the ring of truth is […]

Obesity Care and Prevention: Best Available Evidence

January 6, 2018 — Evidence is a good thing, right? And when it comes to dealing with a wicked problem like obesity, we certainly advocate for following the evidence. Most people do. And yet, we often find controversies erupting about what the best available evidence tells us we should be doing. Evidence-Based Public Health More and more, we hear […]