Posts Tagged ‘obesity treatment’

Embracing Failure in Behavioral Obesity Care

March 13, 2020 — Through the last four decades of relentlessly rising obesity, we’ve had two clinical strategies in play. The first approach – arguably dominant – has been to overlook obesity and merely treat the complications as they appear. The other is intensive behavioral treatment. But clearly, neither of these have been adequate. The burden of chronic diseases […]

A Conversation with Melissa Joy Dobbins

March 9, 2020 — Writing and reaching and talking with so many people as we do, we have the privilege to meet some really talented individuals. We recently met up with one such person, Melissa Joy Dobbins, in Budapest, of all places. Dobbins is a talented dietitian who has created one of the most successful podcasts about nutrition and […]

OCW2020: We Care Because . . .

March 7, 2020 — We are accustomed to talking in the language of “us” and “we” here at ConscienHealth. But as Obesity Care Week comes to a close, we’re shifting to a more personal focus. The theme of this day is “I Care.” So we’re sharing perspective from our founder, Ted Kyle, on why he devotes time and energy […]

OCW2020: More Help, Less Harm for Childhood Obesity

March 6, 2020 — If lofty rhetoric about childhood obesity were helpful, we would be done here. But four decades of that rhetoric have proven not to be helpful. Back in 1974, the Lancet told us that adult obesity would most likely never be cured. However, with vigilance throughout childhood, most obesity could be prevented, they said. In 2002, […]

OCW2020: Health and Obesity Care Behind the Velvet Rope

March 5, 2020 — The future for health and obesity care looks bright. Or dismal. It all depends on the velvet rope that governs access to care. This is why we’re focusing today for Obesity Care Week on the access to health and obesity care. Because if you have good access to care, you’ve got options and they’re getting […]

OCW2020: Taking a Real View of Obesity Care

March 3, 2020 — Let’s face it. We live in a culture that is obsessed with weight and body image. Cool Sculpting ads bombard us with the promise to target, freeze, and eliminate inconvenient fat cells. To “take you further.” But this and other cosmetic nonsense has nothing to do with a real view of obesity care. The point […]

Obesity Care Week Begins Today

March 1, 2020 — Today marks the opening of a big week of awareness. Not awareness of obesity, but awareness of the need for better care for obesity. You see, people are plenty aware that obesity is a problem. Certainly people who are living with it know it. It’s the subject of lots of idle conversation and unhelpful suggestions […]

Obesity Prevalence: Up, Up, and Away

February 28, 2020 — Here we go again. New data from CDC on obesity prevalence gives us more of the same bad news we’ve been getting for decades. More rising prevalence. The rate of adult obesity in the U.S. rose above 40 percent for the first time ever, reaching 42.4 percent in 2018. For severe obesity, the prevalence is […]

A Little Nudge to Treat Childhood Obesity

February 24, 2020 — Bless their hearts. Really. We know they mean well. Three health policy gurus have a new viewpoint in JAMA Pediatrics on childhood obesity treatment. They explain “how children and families make daily obesity-related decisions.” Because they’re “not rational.” So you have to “keep it simple” for them. Thus, behavioral economics can provide a wonderful little […]

FDA Requests Lorcaserin Withdrawal, Scant Disclosure

February 14, 2020 — FDA yesterday requested that Eisai withdraw lorcaserin (Belviq®) from the market due to a small increase in cancer observed in a large cardiovascular safety study. Eisai disagreed with the request but complied with the request nonetheless. We have no data to help us understand what is going on. Is FDA over-reacting to a spurious observation? […]