Posts Tagged ‘public health’

To Prevent Dementia, Stay Active and Forget the Jellyfish

May 15, 2019 — The prospect of losing your mental edge is scary enough to make people open their wallets for scams. The Luminosity brain training scam earned its marketers a $50-million judgment for false advertising. Right now, FTC is going after scammers selling a jellyfish supplement to keep your brain sharp. But we don’t need the scams to […]

PR Spin Makes Processed Fake Meat Seem Healthy

May 11, 2019 — It’s vegan, plant-based protein. But it’s food in a familiar, comforting form. What’s not to like about the Beyond Burger? Now starring at Carl’s Jr. You’ll feel great about the health, sustainability, and animal welfare benefits of plant-based protein, say the folks at Beyond Meat. On the other hand, though, it is highly processed fake […]

The Urban-Rural Race to Obesity

May 9, 2019 — “There’s a heck of a lot of bias among a lot of researchers,” Professor Barry Popkin tells us. On the subject of what’s driving global obesity prevalence, he’s certainly right. Is it the urbanization? To be sure, many authoritative voices promote that view.  But it’s just not that simple. A new paper, published yesterday in […]

Breast Is Best, But Does It Prevent Obesity?

May 1, 2019 — The World Health Organization is doing some great work on obesity in the European Region. For instance, they just published an outstanding new report at ECO2019 on the prevalence of severe childhood obesity in 21 countries. Unfortunately, though, they buried it in a press release that falsely promotes breastfeeding as a proven effective strategy to […]

Preventing Breast Cancer with Better Obesity Care?

April 22, 2019 — For the first time, we have evidence that treating obesity might reduce the risk of breast cancer, even in women before menopause. The research, published in the Annals of Surgery, finds a lower risk of breast cancer in women with severe obesity before and after menopause if they have bariatric surgery. Other studies have shown […]

A Glimpse of Progress in America’s Once Fattest City

April 15, 2019 — We’re not especially fond of rankings for obesity. They can spark sensationalism. Back in 2008, journalists had great fun with a CDC report that identified Huntington, WV, as “America’s fattest city.” Jamie Oliver swooped in to offer an enlightened diet to the city and its children. He sobbed for the cameras when the city didn’t […]

Weight Bias: When Prejudice Stops Progress

April 11, 2019 — “I am ashamed to work in a healthcare profession that treats people in such a manner,” says Rachel Batterham. Batterham is a brilliant researcher and professor of obesity, diabetes, and endocrinology. But on Wednesday at the fourth World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes, she reached outside of her comfort zone to talk […]

Did WIC Changes Drive Down Childhood Obesity?

April 8, 2019 — Many folks working on childhood obesity prevention love the numbers for toddlers between 2010 and 2014. That’s because they found a temporary dip in obesity at that specific time for that specific group. The latest chapter in this story appeared in Pediatrics last week. Madeleine Daepp and colleagues published a very detailed analysis of obesity […]

Explicitly Dehumanizing People with Obesity

April 5, 2019 — Why is implicit weight bias growing while other forms of implicit bias are dropping? Here’s one reason: routine and explicit dehumanization. A new study in Obesity documents a stark reality. Our culture is dehumanizing people with obesity. Furthermore, dehumanization provides an excuse for policies to discriminate against people living with obesity. Less Than Human Through a […]

Poor Diets Cause One Fifth of the World’s Deaths?

April 4, 2019 — It’s a impressive factoid. According to a new study in Lancet, poor diets are a factor in one fifth of the world’s deaths every year. The biggest culprits are too much salt, along with too little fruit and whole grains. All of this comes from the Global Burden of Disease project at the University of […]