Posts Tagged ‘severe obesity’

Discomfort with a Human Story of Severe Obesity

December 1, 2022 — The Whale is premiering next week in theaters everywhere, after a New York premiere this week and a tour of film festivals that has many people suggesting Brendan Fraser will win an Oscar for his performance in the film. But why should we care? In a word, this film is already prompting discomfort with a […]

When Health Systems Delay Obesity Care

September 7, 2021 — Care delayed is care denied. The truth of this is obvious in emergency medicine. In the case of a stroke or a traumatic injury, unnecessary delays in care lead to immediate harm. But with a chronic, progressive disease, the harm can be more subtle. Add in systemic bias and delayed care can become quite a […]

What Does Self Harm Tell Us About Bariatric Surgery?

October 15, 2015 — A recent study of self harm after bariatric surgery might be telling us more about how we care for people with obesity than it does about this surgical procedure. A new study in JAMA Surgery found an increased risk of intentional self harm after bariatric surgery. Junaid Bhatti and colleagues followed 8,815 people for three years before and […]

Zafgen Quietly Making Progress in Severe Obesity

January 9, 2015 — Zafgen — a young biotech company “dedicated to severe obesity treatment” — quietly continues to make progress in efficacy studies of beloranib. This week, the company announced positive results of a third phase II study in a third distinct population of patients severely affected by obesity. This study involved patients with obesity resulting from injuries to […]

Who’s #1: Smoking or Obesity?

July 14, 2014 — Smoking or obesity: who wins the mortality sweepstakes? Some unsung hero of stupid headlines has set up this useless question and twisted a study of severe obesity into a headline about overweight. Whoever you are, please step forward and claim your prize for the worst health news headline in recent memory: Being Overweight Is Actually […]

Severe Obesity: Hiding in Plain Sight

January 8, 2014 — Severe obesity is hiding in plain sight as the Institute of Medicine (IOM) starts a three-year roundtable process on obesity solutions. Bill Dietz opened a workshop on the current state of obesity solutions in the U.S. He offered an optimistic assessment of overall obesity rates stabilizing in many segments of the population. But he offered […]

Neglecting Kids with Severe Obesity?

September 11, 2013 — Are mainstream childhood obesity programs — like First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! campaign — essentially ignoring kids with severe obesity? The intersection of two conflicting sets of headlines this week begs that question. The first lady was making headlines about progress against childhood obesity. In sharp contrast, the American Heart Association (AHA) issued a […]