Posts Tagged ‘The Obesity Society’

Four Competing Obesity Narratives

August 2, 2015 — In a fascinating new paper, Paul Thibodeau and colleagues propose that four competing obesity narratives can explain a lot about how people think about obesity and the solutions they are willing to support. These narratives are: Sin. “A big problem with America is that people are unwilling to make an effort to take care of themselves. People who […]

Forget Bariatrics, Obesity Medicine Is the Thing

August 1, 2015 — The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) announced this week that they will change their name to the Obesity Medicine Association on October 2 this year. The society is making the change “to better align with the widespread recognition of obesity as a chronic disease among health care professionals.” Oddly enough, this name change completes a […]

Signs of Progress in Access to Obesity Care

July 21, 2015 — Encouraging news about progress in access to evidence-based obesity care came yesterday in reports from the summer meeting of the National Conference of Insurance Legislators. NCOIL resolved that state legislatures should provide for “coverage of the full range of obesity treatments.” The resolution began by saying: NCOIL urges the 50 State Legislatures, health departments and other […]

Slim Chances

July 17, 2015 — A new study published yesterday in the American Journal of Public Health finds slim chances for people with obesity returning to a normal weight without any particular treatment. This is something that people who understand obesity know quite well: the probability of obesity just going away is stunningly small. But it gives people — even the researchers who […]

Is That Martini Making Me Eat More?

July 1, 2015 — That strawberry martini might be giving you extra calories in more ways than one. Not only does each martini give you a little more than 150 calories, new research published in Obesity suggests that it may lead you to eat more by heightening your physiologic response to food aromas. Researchers at the Indiana University School […]

Processed Foods, Death, and Taxes

March 30, 2015 — Along with death and taxes, processed foods seem to be an immovable fixture in American life. Two new studies of the American food supply presented today and yesterday at the American Society for Nutrition Scientific Sessions provide some new perspective.  Jennifer Poti and colleagues from UNC-Chapel Hill found that more than 75% of the calories […]

New Perspective on Pregnancy, Weight Gain, and Obesity

February 24, 2015 — Despite growing evidence about the impact of obesity on the health of both mother and child, there’s been a near total lack of guidance on pregnancy, weight gain, and obesity — until now. Today in Obesity, researchers are publishing data from McGee-Womens Hospital that provides new perspective on the subject. The study is the first to provide […]

Obesity Professionals Speak Out on Disabilities

January 28, 2015 — About a month ago, the highest court of the European Union touched off a fierce debate about the relationship between obesity and disabilities. Today, all of the major organizations with expertise in obesity have stepped forward to clear up some of the silliness that came out of that debate. The Obesity Society, the Obesity Action Coalition, […]

Overcoming Simplistic Biases about a Complex, Chronic Disease

January 26, 2015 — Simplistic biases about the complex chronic disease of obesity have led policymakers to pursue simple solutions that simply haven’t worked. Four new policy commentaries about obesity call for a shift to strategies that are up to the task. OAC Chairman Ted Kyle says “To reduce the already staggering impact of obesity, we must set aside […]

New Guidance on Obesity Drugs

January 17, 2015 — Drugs can have a profound effect on the health of people with obesity — for better or for worse. When the long process to develop new obesity treatment guidelines in 2013 did not include anything about drugs, a sigh of disappointment was audible. So the brand new publication of guidance on obesity drugs by the […]