Archive for December, 2015

The Impact of Childhood Sex Abuse on Eating Disorders and Obesity

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.

Insight into the African Obesity Crisis

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.

Persons with Obesity Excluded from Nursing Homes

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.

Employers Promote Fat-Shaming: New Post

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.

Spotlight Now on Dad

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.