What If the Western Lifestyle is Not Responsible for Heart Disease?

January 2nd, 2016 No comments »

It has been an article of faith among the medical professions and public health authorities that the leading cause of death, heart disease, is a product of the modern society with too much processed foods and inadequate physical activity. Yet, the anthropoligical record is not bearing out this thesis. An article in the Washington Post by Peter Whoriskey points to the accumulating evidence that heart disease was part of ancient life. He writes, “By turning up evidence of heart disease in populations with widely varying diets, the mummy research suggests that some unrecognized cause besides what we choose to eat is at work.”

The Impact of Childhood Sex Abuse on Eating Disorders and Obesity

December 16th, 2015 No comments »

The Atlantic magazine has a powerful essay by Olga Khanz on the role of childhood sexual trauma leading to disordered eating and obesity. The piece highlights the work of Dr. Vincent J. Felitti. For more on Dr. Felitti’s work and related research see our post from November, 2011.

Insight into the African Obesity Crisis

December 15th, 2015 No comments »

For those who have looked at it, the disparities between men and women rates for obesity are striking. Now comes a report from South Africa commenting on the economic and cultural aspects of the spreading, global, obesity epidemic.

Persons with Obesity Excluded from Nursing Homes

December 15th, 2015 No comments »

The New York Times published yesterday a sobering view of the discrimination faced by persons with severe obesity to access nursing home care. It is a sobering picture and one that is not likely to get better anytime soon.

Employers Promote Fat-Shaming: New Post

December 11th, 2015 No comments »

Fellow blogger Al Lewis has an excellent post on Huff  Post Business on the promotion of fat-shaming in “employer wellness” programs. He points out that (a) these programs do not cause weight loss, (b) they are  often structured to embarrass and harass overweight employees by their colleagues, (c) the penalties for failure to reach an employer goal of a specific BMI or weight loss amount are outrageous. What he might add is that millions  of American workers are affected by these programs,   them the largest human experiments in history. No doubt  the numbers of affected employees dwarfs those in medical or surgical treatment programs. What he does not explain is the absence of outrage in the scientific and medical community over these  scams.

Spotlight Now on Dad

December 4th, 2015 No comments »

It always feels as if mothers take the rap for their children’s overweight status. (See The Putative 104 Causes of Obesity post.) Now, in a provocative study, the attention is turning to Dad, particularly Dad’s sperm, according to a New York Times  story. For more information, see the recent study in Science Daily.

National Over-Feeding Months

November 27th, 2015 No comments »

It often seems as if the period from Labor Day in September through Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November, Christmas in December, New Year in January, Valentine’s Day and the football playoffs in February are  designed to promote overeating. It is a wonder we all are not obese. So amid the food celebration and token diet advice, it’s nice to have some solid, research-based exposition of  the myths surrounding weight loss and weight gain. We have one, thanks to Kevin Hall, Ph.D., a distinguished researcher at the National Institutes of Health. (For coverage of Dr. Hall’s recent work, click here.)

Something To Be Grateful For

November 25th, 2015 No comments »

Modern HealthCare magazine reports that Mississippi is planning to add bariatric surgery to its Medicaid program, citing research from the STOP Obesity Alliance.