Posts Tagged ‘health outcomes’

Is Objective Dialogue About Sugar Even Possible?

August 18, 2020 — For the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, this was a relatively easy question. Americans typically consume too much added sugar. So the committee recommends a lower limit. In the 2015, the limit was ten percent of total calories from added sugars. But now the committee says that limit should come down to six. Not so fast, […]

Tsk Tsk: Obesity and COVID-19 Mortality

August 14, 2020 — “Fat deposited in skeletal muscle may be sought after by top-end steakhouses but…” These words bubbled up from an editorial this week in Annals of Internal Medicine. It was about obesity and COVID-19. At best, this is an unfortunate metaphor. A less generous take is that the author – a professor of Medicine at Johns […]

Healthy Whole Grains, Unhealthy Labels

August 12, 2020 — Who wants to eat healthy? Roughly nine out of ten of American adults. And at the top of their list for what’s healthy is fiber and whole grains. But somehow, we feel no surprise learning that food labels about healthy whole grains are leaving consumers confused. Because the point of health claims on food labels […]

Obesity Growing with Food Insecurity

August 11, 2020 — Food insecurity may well be the next pandemic that results from COVID-19. But new research in JAMA Network Open tells us that the problem is already here. Candice Myers, Emily Mire, and Peter Katzmarzyk tell us food insecurity doubled between 2000 and 2016 in the U.S. Moreover, with this doubling, obesity rose in close correlation. […]

Facing the Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19

August 9, 2020 — This is an anxious moment. And this moment is dragging on with seemingly no end in sight. Seeing an angle to advance their agenda, some politicians like to talk about the mental health effects of dealing with COVID-19 as being worse than the virus. But we would prefer to stick with facts. So we pay […]

A Parachute for Obesity in the Midst of a Pandemic

August 4, 2020 — Just how important is bariatric surgery for someone living with obesity in the midst of a pandemic? We’re getting all kinds of advice about how to best take care of ourselves in this stressful time. Barely a day passes without another study confirming the reasons for concern. Obesity raises the risk for hospitalization and death […]

Racism: A Longstanding Pandemic Hides in Plain Sight

August 3, 2020 — Your writing seems to have a good deal of political and social influence rather than solid scientific thinking. Such an editorial comment is not unusual when one writes on health and racism. But it makes us wonder. Can health scientists wrap their heads around a pandemic of racism? Or shall we debate the semantics to […]

Synergistic Misinformation About COVID and Obesity

July 30, 2020 — Obesity? No problem! Obesity? OMG, you better lose weight or COVID will get you! Remember the information age? It’s been canceled. We are living in the misinformation age. And there’s nothing like a pandemic to fuel the market for misinformation. The intersection of obesity risks and COVID-19 risks is adding to it. Two opposite but […]

Cabbage Crowned, Lettuce Loses in Nutrition Correlation

July 25, 2020 — Is nutritional epidemiology suffering from overexposure? A study of veggies and COVID-19 mortality prompts this question. This exercise in nutrition correlation comes from a pre-print. So we can’t blame lax peer reviewers for this one. But the manuscript does make some remarkable claims: For each g/day increase in the average national consumption of some of […]

Making Sense of Obesity and Bad COVID Outcomes

July 25, 2020 — Why? It’s that simple question that toddlers employ against their parents. But it’s pure genius. Maybe we’re past the shock, denial, and anger of coming to terms with COVID-19 and obesity. Clearly, if someone gets COVID-19, having obesity adds to the problem. The risk of severe symptoms is higher, as is the risk of landing […]