Posts Tagged ‘pediatric obesity treatment’

A Surge in Pediatric Obesity Treatment? Or a Small Uptick?

February 17, 2024 — Reporting for Reuters, Robin Respaut and Chad Terhune tell us that prescription data in the U.S. reveals increasing use of semaglutide for obesity in adolescents. Does this signal a huge surge in pediatric obesity treatment? Or merely a small uptick from almost negligible access to care? That all depends on the story you want to […]

Motivational Interviewing Flunks a Test with Pediatricians

February 2, 2024 — Motivational interviewing is a respected tool for helping people who are seeking care for obesity. It’s  all about listening  to and supporting a person’s motivations wanting medical obesity care. But yet again, we are learning that motivation is not the magic answer for overcoming obesity. This time, in Pediatrics, Ken Resnicow and colleagues have published […]

What Will Be Hot or Not in 2024 for Obesity and Health

January 2, 2024 — The year we just finished saw quite a pivot in the science and policy we cover here. So what will we pivot toward in 2024? What will leave us cold? Here are our best educated guesses for what will be hot or not in 2024 for obesity and health. #1 Hot: Pricing Drug prices will […]

Ten Sparks to Start Your Thinking on ObesityWeek 2023

October 12, 2023 — We’re packing for Dallas and looking forward to soaking up as much innovation, science, and policy as we can when all the world’s top experts gather to share their best thinking at ObesityWeek 2023. There’s a lot to absorb in just four days, so advance planning is the key. Here are ten sparks from the […]

YWM Engage: Connections and Care in Childhood Obesity

September 26, 2023 — A leftover from the days of moral panic about obesity is the designation of September as National Childhood Obesity Month. The intentions were good but with prevention as the sole focus, families and youth already living with severe obesity got the message. They did not really count. But at the YWM 2023 Engage convention, OAC […]

Metabolic Surgery in Youth Becoming Less Rare

May 31, 2023 — Plenty of people have strong feelings about metabolic and bariatric surgery (MBS) for young persons. The idea that it might even be an option for youth can inflame the passions of people who are happy to dictate what medical care should and should not be available to other people. This response drew a lot of […]

The Persistent Benefits of Obesity Care

April 20, 2023 — Like never before, we are in the midst of intensive public discourse about obesity, obesity care, and weight loss. Some of it is frivolous and some of it is frankly misleading. But what is really good in the middle of all this is that more people than ever before have options for dealing with obesity […]

Obesity & Eating Disorders, Speculation & Data

March 15, 2023 — One of the most disappointing responses to the new guideline for obesity care in children and adolescents came from the Academy of Eating Disorders. Shortly after AAP published its evidence-based guideline for obesity care, the Academy for Eating Disorders issued a press release to criticize it. But their criticism used speculation rather than data to […]

The Utility of Terror for Decisions on Child Health

January 27, 2023 — We count on newspapers for coming up with sensational headlines to inflame passions. Opinion pages seldom disappoint. But those flames of passion very often bring more heat than light. Such was the case yesterday when the New York Times published a sensational headline for an opinion article by a HAES activist, Virginia Sole-Smith. She wants […]

Unsettling Arrival: A Pediatric Obesity Guideline

January 9, 2023 — This is indisputably good news. But the arrival of the first ever pediatric obesity treatment guideline is also most certainly unsettling. It’s good news because the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is finally saying that it’s not OK to sit back and watch kids for whom obesity is causing great harm to their health and […]