The following is the introduction to the chapter "The Science of Fat" in the book Fat Kids: Truth and Consequences. Why we become fat and how we los...
We must take action to ensure that our surgeon general is insulated from politics to allow him to focus and share the best science available with the American people. Equal energy should be spent on calling for reform of the position as is spent on calls for the confirmation of Murthy.
For reasons I will never understand, I was made to sit about halfway up the stairs. Or maybe I chose that spot. Out of pie reach, but still able to watch the consummation of the event.
As someone who has dedicated his life to preparing his students to live active and full lives, I can't bite my tongue any longer. I can't remain silen...
I know I've said all these things at one time or another. But here's the thing: If you're saying them all the time, there's a chance that your child isn't simply being demanding, irritable, or lazy. Instead, your child may be displaying symptoms of diabetes.
If we are going to reverse this epidemic before it is too late, we must provide children with the knowledge to make healthy choices at young ages. Otherwise, who cares if kids know arithmetic and social studies if they don't live past their 35th birthdays?
Ben's mother had attempted to put him on a diet, at age 9. It seemed like the reasonable thing to do. It seemed like it would be easier to change he...
We can't effectively address the complex causes of childhood obesity without fresh approaches and new models for working together to find sustainable solutions.
Something has to give. We have a serious health crisis in America and it's impacting a whole lot more people than the Ebola virus.
Weight gain from drugs taken to help mental illness is the blind spot in the battle against drug side effects. The problem is ignored, rationalized as a small price to pay for the therapeutic benefits of the treatment.
"What really resonates are the statistics that show this program is changing eating habits. Other statistics show what an incredible change we can make by changing eating habits. That wonky part is what I love; remember, that is how and why I got into this."
As technology becomes more accessible, it's become easier for individuals to attain in-depth DNA reports in addition to their family history. Knowledge is power, and understanding both your genetic make-up and lifestyle is the key.
Dieting is a short-term, get-on-then-get-back-off approach to the permanent challenge of losing weight and finding health. It has been tested rather generously, and it does not work. Perpetuating a method proven so robustly to be a massive failure is, at best, foolish.
To solve this crisis, we first let go of the lie that obesity is a matter of choice. That lie is wrong, it is hurtful, and it distracts us from real solutions.
Who will step up to take on the food industry like those heroes who took on tobacco?
By embracing the notion that sitting is the new smoking, we have actionable steps we can take to save lives and change behavior in the same way the tobacco control movement has saved the lives of millions during the last half century.