Posts Tagged ‘NIH’

Moving Beyond Weight in Pediatric Obesity Research and Care

November 30, 2023 — For the last two days, we have been both observing and participating in an NIH meeting on pharmacotherapy for obesity in children and youth that has been quite a pleasant surprise. Scientists, clinicians, parents, and young persons came together in a stimulating exchange of ideas. Perhaps the most notable dialogue focused on a desire to […]

An Objective Line Between Processed and Ultra-Processed

May 23, 2019 — Objectivity is tough. For a case in point, let’s look at how people are processing new data from Kevin Hall and colleagues on ultra-processed foods. It’s important. For the first time, we have good data to say that these foods can cause weight gain. Before we had speculation. Now we have good, experimental evidence. Some […]

Science to Explain Bogus Weight Loss Clichés

July 21, 2018 — On the opening morning of YWM2018, Kevin Hall offered some remarkably clear science to refute a number of bogus weight loss clichés. Number one on the list: cut 3,500 calories from your diet and you’ll lose a pound of fat. Cut back 500 calories a day and you’ll lose a pound per week. After four years, […]

Is Obesity Treatment Innovation Gaining Momentum?

May 5, 2017 — We confess. Good news about obesity treatment innovation brings a smile here. The options right now are OK, but limited. So new options are especially welcome. This week brought news of progress on two fronts. DNA-PK: A New Drug Target for Mid-Life Obesity NIH researchers this week published their discovery of a critical role for the […]

Diabetes Rising Relentlessly in Kids

April 14, 2017 — This week in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new report provides the clearest picture of diabetes trends in kids that we’ve ever had. It’s not a pretty picture. We see new cases of  diabetes rising relentlessly in kids. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes cases are rising. Startling Trends in Black and Native […]

Is Weight Loss Overrated?

December 17, 2014 — With all the energy and money that goes into it, we wonder, is weight loss overrated? Could it be that long-term weight maintenance strategies are much more important? Certainly, weight maintenance seems to be the biggest challenge if you look at the natural progression of obesity and its treatment over time. By comparison, weight loss is […]

$10 Million to Escape Fat City

November 15, 2014 — The story of NIH spending $10 million on a video game to help kids escape fat city has something to annoy everyone. Let’s start with offensive stereotypes that promote weight bias. The game’s hero is an athletic youth who falls into a fat city — the kingdom of Diab with an evil, fat ruler who […]

Bringing New Obesity Guidelines Home

August 30, 2013 — New obesity guidelines — now five years in the making — are coming home after a painstaking, rigorous process of evidence review. Don’t expect and A to Z cookbook for managing the chronic disease of obesity. The incomplete state of obesity science and the clinical art of obesity disease management isn’t by any means ready […]

Look AHEAD Study Halted Due to Few Strokes and Heart Attacks

October 28, 2012 — October 28, 2012 — Look AHEAD, one of the largest obesity outcomes studies funded by NIH, has followed more than 5,000 people for up to eleven years. Half of participants were given intensive lifestyle intervention to lose weight. The other half received general support in the form of diabetes education and doctor visits. Participants in […]