Archive for March, 2013

New Study Confirms Breastfeeding Not Protective for Childhood Obesity

March 14th, 2013

A new study published in JAMA concludes that breastfeeding is unlikely to prevent the development of obesity in children up to 11 ½ years old. The study, involving 17, 046 breastfeeding mother-infant pairs,  contributes to the conclusion reached in an earlier posting, Breastfeeding and Obesity.

Court Bans Bloomberg’s Ban

March 11th, 2013

The New York Times reports that a New York State Supreme Court judge has thrown out Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s ban on large size serving cups of sugar sweetened beverages. The judge apparently concluded that the statute was ‘arbitrary and capricious’ because other high calorie drinks were not covered and not all establishments selling beverages were covered.

The Court’s opinion states, “The simple reading of the Rule is nevertheless fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences. The simple reading of the Rule leads to the earlier acknowledged uneven enforcement even within a particular City block, much less the City as a whole. Furthermore, as previously discussed, the loophole in this Rule effectively defeat the stated purpose of the Rule. It is arbitrary and capricious because it applies to some put not all food establishments in the City, it excludes other beverages that have significantly higher concentrations of sugar sweeteners and/or calories on suspect grounds, and the loopholes inherent in the Rule, including but not limited to no limitations on re-fills, defeat and/or serve to gut the purpose of the Rule.”

These problems with the law were easily foreseeable, as I wrote in Note to Mayor Bloomberg. The judge’s opinion also appears to reflect recent decisions of the Supreme Court which are likely to limit similar, broad approaches to obesity.



More evidence against employer ‘wellness’ programs

March 5th, 2013

A new paper in Health Affairs supports discriminatory, cost-shifting effects of employer incentive programs, especially for employees with obesity or who use tobacco.

Informative Graphs on Global Obesity Evolution

March 4th, 2013

The Guardian has provided some very informative graphs of the global obesity picture by region and gender, using World Health Organization data from 2002 to 2010. With a couple of exceptions, all slopes show increasing rates of obesity, but some slope downward and there is great diversity in the rate of change.


More faults found in FLOTUS Victory Claims

March 2nd, 2013

The Weekly Standard’s Jeryl Bier is reporting more faults in First Lady’s Michelle Obama’s claims of Let’s Move role in the supposed lowering of childhood obesity rates. The analysis looks at the Robert Wood Johnson Report which indicates that the improvements preceded the formation of Let’s Move. See more.