- Obesity rates in the U.S. predicted to continue rising. Hopefully, the predictions are wrong but we’re not so sure…
- Is surgery the answer to type 2 diabetes as well as obesity? It is estimated that bariatric surgery reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 80% in those with obesity! Of course the practicalities of providing bariatric surgery and the appropriate follow-up care to everyone with obesity are challenging at best and impossible at worst.
- The BMJ launches a series of pod casts on how the food industry has impacted health. Check out the first of the series where Marion Nestle (http://www.foodpolitics.com/) discusses how the food industry may be contributing to the obesity epidemic.
- How early in development can dietary habits affect health? Turns out it might even be pre-pregnancy! Research in mice found that what mom ate pre-pregnancy had an impact on the pups’ metabolism.
- Food labels, flawed though they many be, have an impact on body weight. Those who read food labels regularly are thinner (almost 9 lbs for females) than those that do not. There many be other confounding factors and we are willing to bet that those who read the labels have other healthy habits. Regardless, we still feel providing clear nutritional information can only help.