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Global Obesity Is Not About To Get Better Any Time Soon

There are now more overweight than underweight people in the world today and there is little hope that there will be any noticeable reduction in this trend till 2025. That essentially is the key message from a “landmark” paper with data from almost 20 million people (and a similar number of authors) from around the world published in The Lancet. The researchers looked at data from 1698… Read More »

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How Much Of The Confusion In Childhood Obesity Studies Is Simply Regression To The Mean?

When it comes to childhood obesity interventions, there is much confusion as to what works and what doesn’t. Thus, for every study showing that a given “intervention” (e.g. school intervention programs, exercise programs, removing vending machines, etc. ) changes weight measures, there is at least another study showing that it doesn’t. Although this problem is by no means s… Read More »

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Physical Activity Attenuates Weight Gain Of FTO Gene?

Clearly genetic predisposition is one of the overwhelming risk factor for excess weight gain. This, however, does not mean that genetic risk is not modifiable. Thus, a paper by Carlos Celis-Morales and colleagues, published in OBESITY, suggests that physical activity may attenuate some of the weight gain attributable to the FTO gene, one of the more common obesity risk alleles. Their study include… Read More »

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Obesity Network Facebook Page Gets 3000 Likes

This weekend the Canadian Obesity Network’s new facebook page received its 3,000th like. Now this may not seem like much (my personal facebook page has almost 15,000) – but then again, let’s not forget that the Network’s page has only been up since late last year, when the Canadian Obesity Network launched its public engagement strategy. So why is this remarkable? Because i… Read More »

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Senate Report on Obesity: Here’s What’s MIssing

Yesterday, I listed the 21 recommendations of the Canadian Senate Report on Obesity in Canada. Of the 21 recommendations, 12 essentially fall under the category “Eat-Less” (2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,20) and 6 under the category “Move-More” (5,14,15,16,17,18). Of the remaining 3, two deal with surveillance and consultations (1,19) while recommendation 21 deals with comprehen… Read More »

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