Posts Tagged ‘obesity treatment’

NHS Says: “We Cannot Treat Our Way Out of Obesity”

July 9, 2024 — If one is looking for a hint about the cluelessness of the NHS in dealing seriously with obesity, they can find a double dose in reporting on priorities of England’s 42 integrated care boards. First there is the analysis. More than 85% of those boards think obesity is not a priority for health. Two of […]

Reducing the Risk of Cancers Associated with Obesity

July 8, 2024 — Cancer might not be top of mind when most people think about the complications of obesity. But at least 13 different cancers have a clear association with obesity. A new study published Friday in JAMA Network Open examines the risk of these cancers in patients with type 2 diabetes and obesity. The primary objective was […]

The DiRECT Obsession with Behavior Change for Diabetes

July 7, 2024 — Letting go is hard. But there is a bright line between persistence and stubbornness. Persistence is absolutely necessary to advance a cause. But persistence gives way to stubbornness when facts line up to define serious limitations and people press on with a futile effort. Such is the case with the DiRECT obsession for “curing” type […]

Food Noise – in Our Heads and All Around Us

June 29, 2024 — The revolution in obesity treatment has brought surprising new discoveries along with a lot of unsettling change. Among those discoveries is that food noise is a big part of living with obesity for many people. The noise of food cues all around us sets up intrusive thoughts. It can come to dominate the lived experience […]

Momentum! TROA Passed in House Ways and Means

June 28, 2024 — With a bipartisan a vote of 36-4 yesterday, the House Ways and Means Committee passed an amended version of TROA – the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. Honestly, after a decade of toiling away to educate legislators about the need for this, we need a pinch to assure ourselves it’s real. This is great  news […]

Getting Serious About Obesity Care in Medicare

June 27, 2024 — Today for the first time ever, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee will be marking up the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act on Capitol Hill. This is a big deal simply because it means that finally, after a decade of advocacy efforts, Congress is getting serious about obesity care in Medicare. Technically, what the […]

Semaglutide at ADA2024: Old News or Gaining Momentum?

June 25, 2024 — It’s over. The 84th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association came to an end yesterday and for anyone interested in obesity, it has given us a lot to absorb. After four days with a steady stream of new information about drugs like the GLP-1 agonists that regulate appetite and adiposity, we are left wondering. […]

ADA2024: How Big Is the Problem with Scale for Obesity Care?

June 24, 2024 — One thing is plain to us in the huge showing of interest in obesity at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions (ADA2024). The scale of opportunity is large because the unmet medical need is great. And yet we face a tremendous problem of scale for coping with the need for obesity care. We have problems […]

A First and a Burst of Evidence for Sleep Apnea and Obesity

June 22, 2024 — We like to celebrate firsts. And yesterday, we got one to celebrate in the first ever drug treatment shown to be effective for sleep apnea – the obesity medicine called tirzepatide. In presenting this new research at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions yesterday, Atul Malhotra reminded us, “sleep is an important part of cardiometabolic […]

Has USPSTF Lost Touch with Reality on Obesity in Youth?

June 21, 2024 — This week in JAMA, the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) published an evidence review and recommendation for youth with obesity. In a word, it is disappointing. The task force seems to have completely lost touch with advances in obesity care in young persons. They recommend only that youth with a BMI in the […]