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Dr David Katz

Massachusetts Chooses a Governor: Implications for Us All

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a pediatrician in some of Boston's lowest-income neighborhoods, I saw firsthand how a child's health is determined by far more than medicine -- it is the air they breathe, the streets they play in, the safety of their communities, their opportunities for a good education, the economic stability of their family. Simply put, doctors can't fulfill their mission in communities affected by inequality and unfairness. Health requires justice for all. That's what makes me want to run for governor.

What to Do When Your Food Glows in the Dark

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.25.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Perhaps it's an exaggeration to say our food glows in the dark, although I'm not entirely sure. But whether or not they actually phosphoresce, these products are indeed designed to glow. The glowing in question, however, occurs within the dark confines of our skulls.

A Simple Prescription for Lower Health Care Costs

Angela Perkey | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Angela Perkey

Countless books have been written about the need to change habits and live a healthy lifestyle. Yet it's clear just by looking at obesity rates that there is much to be done to improve the American lifestyle.

No Taste for Truth?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Rather than supporting the health of our bodies, our body politic is feeding off their willfully devised decay.

Lifestyle Medicine and the Parable of the Tiny Parachute

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A commentary was published last month on the blog site of the prestigious British Medical Journal telling us, in essence, that lifestyle medicine is ineffective. Specifically, it said that screening for chronic disease risk factors in the general population, and addressing them with lifestyle counseling in the clinical setting, is of no value.

Perils of Fire Fighting: Too Much Heat and Too Little Light

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We just got a bracing dose of this reality in a report issued by the CDC. The rate of overweight and obesity is higher among fire fighters -- at 70 percent -- than the general population.

The Urgencies of Care: Here, There and Everywhere

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Access to care is an important element in the quality of both health care, and the overall public health. All too often small problems neglected for a while turn into larger problems. Barriers to care propagate just such costly misfortune.

Knowing What to Eat, Refusing to Swallow It

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The argument for an emphasis on actual foods rather than manufactured ingestibles masquerading as such garners little opposition from entities not directly involved in selling the latter. Such entities, however, have access to the best marketing talent money can buy.

More Health Care vs. More Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We may at times think too much. There is no shortage of very intelligent, highly educated people in my academic world. But perhaps there is something seductive about the pursuit of data that causes some in this domain to think that the pursuit of data is itself the objective. It shouldn't be. What most people want is for the data we derive to be applied to some

The Fate of Front-of-Pack Labeling That Actually Works

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

News came in the past week that the front-of-pack nutrition guidance program offered by Canada's Heart and Stroke Foundation, presented as a seal of approval in the form of a check mark, was being decommissioned. With all due respect to my friends at the Foundation, and the good intentions that brought the system into existence -- good riddance to it.

Study: Saturated Fat as Bad as Sugar!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Folks, when it comes to food, and food for thought alike, it is mostly stupidity that is killing us. Stupidity is worse for us than either sugar or saturated fat.

Fat: Ending the War That Nobody Started

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The evidence continues to accrue -- with almost surprising frequency -- that we should, indeed, eat less meat, butter, and cheese (before we even factor in the environmental considerations, which frankly we should do). We just shouldn't replace them with donuts, Snackwells and soda.

Research Funding: When Is the Money Dirty?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.13.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

All research starts with biased funders and researchers -- because in the absence of such bias, it would be research no one would bother doing. I don't think anyone runs studies in the absence of hopes and preferences pertaining to the outcomes.

Newtonian Nutrition

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.12.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Arguments against the fundamental utility of the calorie to human energy balance, and weight control, really do devolve to arguments against Newton and this basic law.

Will Procrastinate for Pastrami

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.10.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Go ahead, eat more meat, butter and cheese. Let me know how it turns out for you. I certainly won't be joining you, despite the current popularity of the proposition.

Debunking Breakfast

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.06.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Personally, I have long thought that whatever the particular merits of breakfast, hieratic zeal as the main course was in fact a rather dubious way to start the day. So it is that I welcomed a new study that purportedly was about debunking breakfast, but was really about debunking dogma for breakfast.

Body Parts and Skin in the Game

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Those of us hoping for health need our kids as much as they need us. In unity there is strength, after all. A family that eats well together has no junk food in the house in the first place.

Our Diets and Our Doom

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

For most of us, it's time to stop rolling our eyes at non-existent conspiracies, and actually attempt to eat well and be active. It means there is no scapegoat to blame for all our ills, and no silver bullet to save us.

New Study: Diet Soda meets Straw Man

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A new study in the journal Obesity, comparing diet soda to water for weight loss, has resulted in extensive and worldwide media coverage -- some of it, to my surprise, directly involving me. My involvement derives from my published opinions about diet soda and artificial sweeteners, which thus far remain unchanged after reading the study in question.

Bullets, Ballots and Bullies

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.29.2014 | Politics
David Katz, M.D.

If there is anyone who would still advocate for unimpeded access to guns for all on the basis of ideology despite such an extreme (and admittedly absurd) epidemiology, there are names for it. The kinder designation is fanaticism.

Fewer Words About Sex, Food and Documentaries

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.28.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we can't trust any prior experts, why on earth should we trust this batch? The message that experts can't be trusted does exactly what it is intended to do: It cultivates distrust.

Fed Up, Confused and Still Eating

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

By all means, see the film Fed Up, if you haven't. If you aren't yet fed up with the toxic quagmire that is the typical American diet, there's a good chance it will get you there.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

The Well-Chewed Calorie: Rumination or Ruin?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.19.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many of you have doubtless already seen the commentary in the New York Times by my friend and colleague, Dr. David Ludwig, entitled: "Always Hungry? Here's Why." If you have not read the piece, I commend it to you.

Moronic Morsels Du Jour: Where Does the Line Form?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.15.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I guess I only know this. The vendors keep dishing dietary epiphanies in bite-sized, moronic morsels almost every day. We never seem to see the elephant in the room and most of us can't seem to wait to get in line.