Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

Balancing the Safety and Effectiveness of Bariatric Surgeries

October 31, 2018 — Getting a handle on the real world effectiveness of any medical treatment is devilishly hard. For surgery, it’s even harder. Randomized controlled trials are not impossible, but almost. And many variables come into play that can cause big swings in effectiveness. That list starts with surgical skill and the quality of a program. And it […]

Reaching Underserved Populations with an App

October 30, 2018 — Tech has a very mixed track record in obesity care. Diet apps were early hits. Fitness trackers have a loyal following. The apps are free and the trackers have a lot of gee whiz pizazz. What’s not to like? Unfortunately, proving that they lead to better health outcomes has been tough. But now, in the […]

Science vs Fervent Beliefs About Weight Cycling

October 24, 2018 — Dieting has a bad reputation these days. In popular culture, the concept has lots of detractors. Instead of “going on a diet,” it’s more fashionable to say, “I’m eating healthy.” The reasons for  this shift in attitudes are many. For one thing, a sustainable, healthy pattern of eating seems to be a better way to […]

Weight Watchers Is Losing Weight (From Its Name)

September 25, 2018 — Weight Watchers has just performed a neat trick. It lost a ton of dead weight and gained 4.5 percent on its stock price. All in one day. Henceforth, the company formerly known as Weight Watchers shall be simply WW. Wellness that Works.™ A Long Time Coming The handwriting has been on the wall for years […]

Magical Time-Restricted Eating

September 19, 2018 — Time-restricted eating is a popular concept right now. So naturally it’s great clickbait. Some journals and researchers are happy to seize the opportunity to gain attention. Newly published in the Journal of Nutritional Science, we have an especially sharp example. Jonathan Johnston is grabbing sensational headlines with his study of 13 people for ten weeks. […]

How Can Obesity Care Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

August 3, 2018 — Many publications lately have documented the possibility for obesity care and resulting weight loss to reverse type 2 diabetes. But it’s hardly a sure thing. So the question remains, how does this happen in some patients and not in others? A new study in Cell Metabolism offers some clues. Digging into Diabetes Remissions Late last […]

Science to Explain Bogus Weight Loss Clichés

July 21, 2018 — On the opening morning of YWM2018, Kevin Hall offered some remarkably clear science to refute a number of bogus weight loss clichés. Number one on the list: cut 3,500 calories from your diet and you’ll lose a pound of fat. Cut back 500 calories a day and you’ll lose a pound per week. After four years, […]

Is the World Ready for Nutrigenetics?

July 17, 2018 — Apparently, consumers are hungry for nutrigenetics. That’s the science that explains how our genes affect our nutrition status. And that subject takes people very quickly to the subject of body weight. So a whole host of companies are offering to analyze your DNA and give you personal insights for managing your weight and your health. […]

Health Check: Should You Weigh Yourself Regularly?

July 7, 2018 — For some, jumping on the scales is a daily or weekly ritual. Others haven’t seen a set of scales for years. Some may still be scarred by memories of being weighed in public with results broadcast to all. So, is it helpful to weigh yourself? And if so, how often should you do it? For adults […]

Ignorance of Causality Meets Fear of Body Positivity

June 25, 2018 — The headlines are jolting. Body positivity causes people to think they aren’t obese, says Newsweek. It is a threat to public health, the reporting suggests. Unfortunately, many other publications came up with similar stories. A new study Friday in Obesity prompted this sensationalism. In her paper, Raya Muttarak does not make the claim of cause and […]