Teaching Professionals to Deal with Weight Bias Issues

Earlier this year, The Lancet published a six-part series on the obesity epidemic, recommended several changes,  including improved training of health care professionals, especially in the areas of counteracting bias and improving care-delivery strategies. It is sad but true that many health professionals have their own issues around weight and obesity, and sometimes patients are […]

Professionals Struggle with Weight Bias Issues

The destructive effects of fat-shaming have been observed in many ways. For instance, Sharon Begley reported for Reuters.com that physicians tend to spend less time with an obese patient, and don’t bother to offer counsel on achieving a healthier lifestyle, “perhaps believing it would fall on deaf ears.” Medical personnel don’t even need to specifically […]

Why Not Fat-Shaming?

On behalf of the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, Joanne Ikeda made an unambiguous statement: The whole ‘war on obesity’ has focused a whole lot of attention on fat people and the general impression of the public is they can be shamed or scared into getting thin…Which is absolutely ludicrous. If every fat person […]

Assessing the Flab Quotient

Last time, Childhood Obesity looked at body mass index as the standard of obesity measurement. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the specific question of whether BMI or waist circumference (WC) measurement is best. When someone is apparently healthy, albeit chubby, that person’s system may still betray early warning signs […]

Doubts About Body mass index

Science marches on, which sometimes causes embarrassment when new information emerges. This might be the case with body mass index or BMI, which is generally taken to be the best feasible way of measuring the risk and degree of obesity in children. A downloadable PDF file from Shape Up America! describes how a screening program […]

Coronavirus Chronicles More Possible Life Hacks

A new expression has entered the language, as people are urged to “drop the Covid 19.” This is of course a play on the venerable adage that every new college student engages in comfort eating, and consequently gains a certain number of pounds, the “freshman 15.” In combination with COVID-19, named for the year when […]

Coronavirus Chronicles Possible Life Hacks for Parents

A disclaimer has to be right up front in the title because nothing ever works for everybody, one-hundred percent, all the time. Claims of certainty should inspire scrutiny. On the other hand, it is always worth mentioning tips that have worked for somebody, especially if they happen to be backed by studies. These days, a […]

COVID-19 Safety on Sports

The previous post mentioned the new Centers for Disease Control guidance for school sports administrators, which includes the types of cooperation they should look for from coaches, teachers, and parents: “Space players at least 6 feet apart on the field (e.g., during warmup, skill building activities, simulation drills, while explaining rules)…” In the old days, […]

Coronavirus Safety on Sports

Every so often, a story is published that just sounds crazy. Somebody throws a birthday party for their cat, and subsequently, at least a dozen people test positive for COVID-19. In America, pretty close to half the K-12 students are in virtual-only schooling. Minnesota hospitals are taking in patients from four adjacent states. Every day […]

Kids Sports on childhood obesity

The American Academy of Pediatrics published guidelines for keeping kids safe if they engage in sports, these days. It is mostly common sense that shouldn’t even need to be verbalized. Of course, wrestling is risky. The combatants exchange bodily fluids and exhale in one another’s faces. And sports with shared equipment, from dodgeball to basketball, […]