Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

False Prophets of Nutrition and Quick Fixes for Obesity

June 1, 2020 — Complexity makes the brain hurt. Both nutrition and obesity present challenges that resist simple answers. There is no one healthful way to eat, though many false prophets of nutrition will preach that they have the one true way. Quick fixes for obesity are rare, though many people are eager to tell us that they know […]

Really? Low-Carb Fights the Pandemic?

May 30, 2020 — Like a dog with a bone, Nina Teicholz is not ready to let it go. She has a point to make and a book to sell. It’s all about pushing everyone to eat a low-carb diet. No matter what the problem, we find her telling us that low-carb diets, with plenty of saturated fats, are […]

Wellness That Didn’t Work Out

May 27, 2020 — It seemed like a good idea at the time. Build incentives for employees for wellness into health benefit packages. Employees “volunteer” to give up some health privacy in order to have their employers collect health data on them. They get a little financial incentive to participate and then more incentive if their health data improves. […]

Not Me, Not My Brother, Not My Sister

May 26, 2020 — This is not about me – not my problem personally. It’s a problem for other people and I feel for them. I really do. In the midst of a health crisis, those words suggest we’re not serious about solving the problem for everyone. For decades now, we’ve heard it about obesity. And now we’re hearing […]

Is Your Neighborhood Making You Fat? Maybe Not

May 25, 2020 — Play deserts, food deserts, food swamps. These are elegant metaphors to sell an appealing narrative. The story they tell is simple. Certain types of neighborhoods might cause obesity. Some researchers have found correlations between fast food outlets and obesity prevalence in some studies. Others have found that neighborhoods with more resources for physical activity have […]

COVID-19: HAES and Fat Shaming Become Cartoons

May 23, 2020 — On Friday, the BMJ released the largest peer-reviewed prospective study of risk factors for severe symptoms or death with COVID-19 to date. Age over 50, being male, obesity, and other chronic diseases stand out as important risk factors. By now, this is a pattern that is quite familiar. But it does more than just make […]

What if Diet Books Had to Be Truthful?

May 21, 2020 — Some things, it seems, never change. Even, and perhaps especially, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, magical thinking about nutrition and diets persist. So publishers feed us a steady diet of diet books. More than most, Dr. Michael Greger has captured the purest essence of this genre in his bestselling book: How Not to […]

Adding Up: More Risk in COVID-19 with Obesity

May 21, 2020 — Evidence continues to accumulate that obesity is not helpful when a person develops COVID-19. Four new publications point to added risks. One of them documents higher prevalence of obesity in ICU patients with COVID-19 in France. Then a pair of studies in China finds triple the risk for severe symptoms in COVID patients with obesity. […]

From Pelosi or Trump, Fat Shaming Is Never Cool

May 19, 2020 — Common ground is awfully hard to find right now. But here’s an easy one. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a D or an R or anything else. Fat shaming is never cool. It just happened last night when Speaker Nancy Pelosi made an off-handed remark about President Donald Trump being “morbidly obese.” Please, people. This […]

Quiet Progress: FDA OKs Setmelanotide Priority Review

May 18, 2020 — We call it stealth progress. Rhythm Pharmaceuticals last week gained approval from FDA for a priority review of setmelanotide for rare genetic forms of obesity in children. The indications are for obesity treatment in POMC and LEPR deficiency. Furthermore, the FDA has indicated it doesn’t plan to hold a public hearing on this drug This […]