Posts Tagged ‘health outcomes’

Does This New Study Mean Keto Is Losing Its Luster?

January 22, 2021 — When it comes to dietary patterns, one size doesn’t fit all. But when it comes to magical diet thinking, the masses wish for something different. The wish is for a “best” diet – something that will let me lose weight without feeling hungry. For several years now, pop culture assigned that magic to keto diets. […]

How Hard Is It to Give Up on Failed Policies?

January 20, 2021 — Today is a day of transition. But even when defeat is obvious, changing direction is hard. The whole world has seen a vivid illustration of this over the last two months around the U.S. Capitol. And when ideology creeps into the science of public health, we see it there, too. One becomes committed to a […]

Vitamin D: The Leap from Correlation to Effectiveness

January 16, 2021 — In a more innocent time, Schlitz, the beer that made Milwaukee famous, was also the beer with sunshine vitamin D. “A priceless source of vigor,” claimed the advertising. Similarly sunny claims are bubbling up for vitamin D in this time of COVID-19. These claims are based on observed correlations. But thinking that vitamin D might […]

The Problem and Promise of an Active Life

January 6, 2021 — When you’ve got something to sell and you know in your heart that it’s really great, you’ve got a problem. The temptation to oversell can be tough to resist. In health promotion, exercise is an obvious example. Over at the New York Times, Gretchen Reynolds is a huge fan. She writes the Phys Ed series […]

The Missing Dialogue on Ultra-Processed Foods

January 2, 2021 — New publications about the role of ultra-processed foods in health and food systems remind us about a missing dialogue. Food policy advocates are very clear that food systems should evolve to favor minimally processed food. Nutrition scientists know that ultra-processed foods have an association with poor health outcomes. But they also know that the science […]

Metformin in Diabetes and COVID-19: Boon or Bane?

December 19, 2020 — Metformin is one of those drugs that is older than dirt and still quite useful. It has helpful effects in obesity. It’s a mainstay of drug therapy for type 2 diabetes. But metformin presents a bit of a puzzle in patients with diabetes who become infected with COVID-19. Some signs point to a benefit for […]

Exercise for Weight Loss: The Lie That Won’t Die

December 12, 2020 — Sometimes an idea firmly plants itself in the popular imagination. Once there, it takes root and persists like a weed. It simply will not die. So it is with the idea that exercise is an excellent tool for weight loss. This is a lie that won’t die. A Nice Little Study Gretchen Reynolds at the […]

Pfizer COVID Vaccine: Equally Effective with Obesity

December 9, 2020 — Contrary to headline-grabbing speculation, data on the Pfizer COVID vaccine tell us it works equally well in people whether or not they have obesity. These data come from detailed briefing documents on the vaccine released yesterday by FDA. Up until now, the information on COVID vaccines has been sparse – mostly press releases and speculation. […]

Bariatric Surgery Could Save the NHS Money

December 8, 2020 — What we have here is a bit of a love-hate story. In the midst of the COVID pandemic, Britain’s NHS has received an outpouring of love. But for folks living with obesity in the UK, it’s a little harder to find some of that love. Our own research suggests that some of the strongest weight […]

Semaglutide in for Review at FDA to Treat Obesity

December 7, 2020 — Friday marked an important milestone in progress toward better treatments for obesity. Novo Nordisk submitted semaglutide to FDA for approval in treating obesity. So we may see approval for this important new drug in the second half of next year. Why so important? We have two reasons. A Step Forward in Effectiveness The first reason […]