Posts Tagged ‘obesity care’

ECO2022: The Burden of Neglecting Obesity Care

May 3, 2022 — One of the most interesting obesity conferences of the year is getting started this week. ECO2022 brings together a nice mix of science and policy with a balance that’s refreshing. So it’s fitting that the opening story is all about the burden of neglecting clinical care for obesity. In this case, the headline research from […]

Getting to Work on a Global Obesity Knowledge Gap

April 27, 2022 — Around the world, we have a big obesity knowledge gap in medical schools. A few years ago, Marissa Mastrocola and colleagues documented this in the International Journal of Obesity. But the good news is that people are working on closing that gap. This week, a group of medical educators published a new set of obesity […]

Obesity Care: Taking a Longer View of Weight History

April 22, 2022 — In obesity care, the longer view of a weight history is essential to understanding a person’s journey of health. It’s all about the trajectory of a lifetime. For example, on Reddit a person reflects on their own history: “My current weight is the most I’ve ever weighed. At the moment I’m at 174 lbs. Before I […]

Obesity in Older Adults: Lifespan and Healthspan

April 14, 2022 — So much attention goes into obesity for children and young persons that one might wonder if it’s much of a concern for older adults. A new study in BMC Geriatrics offers good insight. Mild and moderate obesity might not have much of an effect on a older person’s lifespan, though severe obesity does. But regardless […]

Uncaring Healthcare That Fuels Obesity

April 9, 2022 — What is healthcare when providers don’t provide care for a chronic disease and, in fact, make it worse? That is a glimpse of the care people mostly don’t receive for obesity. In a study of adults with overweight or obesity, Beini Lyu and colleagues found that use of anti-obesity medicines was rare. But instead, prescribing […]

A Pandemic Nudge for Better Access to Care

April 5, 2022 — We are close to reaching a million deaths from COVID in the U.S. Worldwide, the number passed six million a month ago and that number is a gross underestimate. So there can be no doubt that the pandemic has had a terrible effect on health everywhere. But in the midst of this tragedy, we can […]

News Flash: Listening and Motivation Don’t Cure Obesity

April 4, 2022 — Motivational interviewing (MI) is a foundational tool for obesity care. In this setting, it is all about listening, understanding, and bolstering a patient’s motivation in seeking care for obesity. But what should we make of the revelation about it last week in the Annals of Internal Medicine? A study found that it doesn’t, by itself, […]

Homogeneous Policies for a Heterogeneous Disease

March 29, 2022 — For decades now, health policy advocates have been pursuing a solution to the growing effects of obesity on public health. The banners shift over time, but the goal is pretty consistent. It’s better diets and more physical activity across the population to reverse the trend in obesity prevalence. Low fat everything! Let’s Move! Tax and […]

Federal Health Plans Opening Up to Obesity Care

March 18, 2022 — This is good news that is both big and very welcome. In 2023, health plans for federal employees will likely open up to obesity care more than ever before. In its call for proposals to carriers that provide these health plans, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is quite clear: “Obesity has long been […]

Half of Youth in Obesity Care Have High Blood Pressure

March 12, 2022 — A new study in the Journal of Clinical Hypertension tells us that roughly half of youth seeking obesity care have high blood pressure. This medical fact puts us squarely in the middle of a sensitive subject that arouses strong emotions. These emotions have their roots in the bias attached to obesity and the stigma that […]