Posts Tagged ‘ObesityWeek’

Is an Outrageous Jerk Good or Bad for Us?

November 6, 2016 — At ObesityWeek in New Orleans plenty of good research and insight could be found on the subject of weight bias. As we reported earlier, public attitudes seem to be shifting. For the first time, U.S. adults are accepting the idea that obesity is a medical condition that requires care, not blame. And multiple indicators of […]

Health Plans Often Stand in the Way of Obesity Care

November 4, 2016 — New research from two separate studies presented at ObesityWeek in New Orleans demonstrates that health plans often stand in the way of obesity care. In one study, researchers from Harvard, ConscienHealth, and the Obesity Action Coalition found that most Americans report they don’t have health insurance that will pay for obesity care recommended in evidence-based guidelines. […]

If Health Plans Limit Bariatric Surgery, Are Lives at Risk?

November 1, 2016 — Among the top ten papers to be presented in the ASMBS portion of ObesityWeek 2016 on Wednesday is a case-control study of long-term mortality after bariatric surgery. We expect no big surprises in this study, just another set of compelling data affirming the survival benefit conferred by bariatric surgery documented in the landmark Swedish Obese […]

ObesityWeek: The Latest on Surgical Obesity Care

October 25, 2016 — The world’s leading experts in surgical obesity care will be presenting the latest advances in surgical obesity care at ObesityWeek beginning Monday in New Orleans. Already one of the most potent tools for treating obesity, surgery is evolving into a critical tool for putting type 2 diabetes into remission. With broader indications for surgery, research on […]

The Tipping Point in Obesity

November 20, 2014 — The tipping point in obesity increasingly looks like it might be traced to the metabolic health of mothers. Growing evidence for epigenetic effects of maternal health that transmit obesity from mother to child is part of this picture. A symposium at ObesityWeek 2014 provided an excellent overview of the emerging science on epigenetic mechanisms for […]

Three Tribes of Obesity

November 14, 2014 — Last week’s immersion in ObesityWeek provided a stimulating exposure to crosscurrents from three tribes of obesity. It’s enough to make you dizzy. Healthies swim ably in “the modern food supply and sea of technology” that people such as David Katz of Yale University imagine to be the primary source of obesity. Calls for attention to treatment of obesity are […]

Top Ten Observations from ObesityWeek 2014

November 10, 2014 — With most people back at home or off to their next meetings, observations from ObesityWeek are becoming memories and the basis for planning next year’s meeting in Los Angeles. From an informal poll of the best and brightest in obesity, here are the top ten observations from this intense experience of the week just past. Build […]

Tasteful Obesity

November 9, 2014 — New studies at ObesityWeek 2014 gave us pause to think about tasteful obesity — the intensity of experiencing food and the cravings created thereby. In particular, a study by incoming ASMBS president John Morton received particular attention. He and colleagues from Stanford found that reductions in taste intensity after weight loss surgery predicted significantly greater weight loss. […]

Difficulty Reading the Menu (Data)

November 7, 2014 — We’re having difficulty reading the menu labeling data at ObesityWeek 2014. A study presented in the second annual Obesity journal symposium showed a promising result: a 50% reduction in weight gain over a 36-week academic year when college students were exposed to menu calorie labeling. The lead researcher on this study, Charoula Konstantia Nikolaou, says: […]

People First, Except Obesity

November 6, 2014 — At ObesityWeek 2014, Andrew Brown presented an elegant analysis of people first language in asthma, autism, diabetes, and obesity. He used Google Books nGram Viewer to examine how frequently people first language has been used over time in various conditions. His analysis shows that when it comes to putting people first, obesity is last. The preference for […]