Posts Tagged ‘obesity’

A Silly New Horse Race: Surgery Versus Drugs for Obesity

June 17, 2024 — The annual meeting of the ASMBS wrapped up last week in San Diego after producing a steady flow of new insights and headlines. Robotic surgery, long-term outcomes, and diabetes prevention figured prominently in the news. But one of the less enlightening threads of news from the meeting was a horse-race narrative about metabolic surgery versus […]

Obesity Care Is Emerging as an Effective Tool for Prevention

June 15, 2024 — For decades now, thinking about obesity that pits treatment against prevention has hampered efforts to “tackle” obesity. At the Boston Course in Obesity Medicine yesterday, ConscienHealth founder Ted Kyle examined this either/or thinking and suggested it is a mistake. In fact, it is becoming apparent that obesity care is a critical tool for prevention of […]

Evolving Obesity Care: How Do We Get There from Here?

June 14, 2024 — It is unmistakable, Lee Kaplan tells us. Obesity care is evolving. But the change is painfully slow and inadequate – especially in comparison to the rapid advancement in tools for treating obesity. The slow progress is especially painful when you compare it to the progress made against HIV or COVID. In 1984, HIV was almost […]

Distinguishing Wishes and Beliefs from Facts in Evidence

June 13, 2024 — In the prevention of childhood and adolescent obesity, let us have our wishes and beliefs, but distinguish them from facts in evidence. Wishes are good things. They are the muses which impel us to action to work for a better future. Belief is a good thing. Our staunch belief that something can work gives us […]

Does Psychological Stress Explain the Harm of Obesity?

June 10, 2024 — For some time, one of the tenets of the fat acceptance movement has been that the health harms of obesity have been grossly exaggerated. Rather, it is the psychological stress of fat phobia that explains the poor health outcomes associated with obesity. In selling her fat acceptance book, philosopher Kate Manne insists obesity itself is […]

Early Puberty, Obesity, and Endocrine Disruption

June 8, 2024 — Puberty is coming earlier for girls today, obesity in children is rising, and endocrine disruption seems to be playing a role in both of these phenomena. What’s more, exposure to endocrine disruptors follows a pattern of health disparities. This means that these environmental hazards may have the greatest effects on populations that already suffer disadvantages […]

Mandisa: A Rare Example of Obesity Noted as a Cause of Death

June 7, 2024 — Mandisa Lynn Hundley was an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Known simply as Mandisa, her death on April 18 this year at the age of 47 was due to complications of class 3 obesity. Though obesity is quite common and its complications are frequent causes of death, Mandisa is a rare example of […]

A Little More Detail on Tirzepatide in MASH at EASL

June 6, 2024 — On the opening day of the EASL Congress in Milan, we got a peek at more details on the results of the phase 2 study of tirzepatide in MASH (metabolic dysfunction associated steatohepatitis). The study, called SYNERGY-NASH, will be the subject of a late-breaking presentation on Saturday at the meeting. But the release of the […]

AP Stylebook Embraces Respectful Language on Obesity

June 5, 2024 — Big change sometimes happens very quietly. For example, on April 5, the AP Stylebook added a new entry on “obesity, obese, overweight.” It goes into a great deal of detail about language for writing about obesity. But here is the heart of the matter, in the words of the Associated Press stylebook editors: “The phrasing […]

Good Taste in Treatment for Obesity – Biologically

June 4, 2024 — New research at the annual Endocrine Society meeting in Boston suggests that semaglutide treatment may work in part through enhancement of taste sensitivity in persons with obesity – especially sensitivity to the sweetness of foods. Mojca Jensterle Sever presented the results. She explained: “Some studies have reported that individuals living with obesity often perceive tastes […]