Archive for December, 2015
December 16th, 2015
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.
December 15th, 2015
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.
December 15th, 2015
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.
December 11th, 2015
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.
December 4th, 2015
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.