Relating to the Classics
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by Pat Hartman
1d ago
Our recent post referred to the tendency of some things to “go together,” almost as if their pairing was a law of Nature. One of those seemingly inevitable conjunctions links spectator sports and junk food. In 1908, the team of Jack Norworth and Albert Von Tilzer wrote the profoundly American song whose chorus goes like this: Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd; Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, I don’t care if I ever get back. One might think the synergy between sporting events and recreational eating could not go back much further, but one would be mistaken. For P ..read more
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The Role of Exercise in Sustaining Weight Loss Beyond Medication
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by Tatyana Meshcheryakova
3d ago
For nearly a year, the discourse surrounding GLP-1 weight loss drugs such as Wegovy, Zepbound and Saxenda has been ongoing, with a central focus on what happens when patients stop using the meds. There’s been a prevailing concern: Can weight loss be maintained once these medications are discontinued? A recent Danish study, spearheaded by Professor Signe Sørensen Torekov and her team from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen and Hvidovre Hospital, sheds crucial light on this matter. GLP-1 weight loss drugs such as Wegovy have undoubtedly been instrumental in as ..read more
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Like a Horse and Carriage
Childhood Obesity News
by Pat Hartman
3d ago
The methodology involved in persuading children to pester their parents for certain brands of cereal and other food products has been described as aggressive, pervasive, ubiquitous, tiresome, underhanded, and plenty of other adjectives. Julia Olech, whose work we have quoted before, is the author who confronts the American public with such concepts as, “70% of three-year-olds recognize the McDonald’s symbol, but only half of them know their last name.” Before that can even sink in, the author piles on additional interesting facts. Based on them, she makes several cogent, related points that s ..read more
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How Big Is 10 Billion?
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by Pat Hartman
1w ago
Childhood Obesity News has cited these figures before, and they are definitely worthy of repetition: More than 80% of food advertising in the country promotes fast food, sugary drinks, and unhealthy snacks… Does that signify that four out of five food ads are for junk? Or does it mean that out of every hour of advertising, 48 minutes are peddling junk? Or out of every 100 food images shown, 80 of them depict junk? Well, guess what? However that percentage was calibrated, it is disgusting. It’s still brainwashing, and journalist Julia Olech mentions the creepy racist/classist angle that make ..read more
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GLP-1 Weight Loss Medications in the News
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by Tatyana Meshcheryakova
1w ago
We continue looking at the latest headlines in the fascinating and controversial world of GLP-1 weight loss drugs. Let’s go! Coverage of weight loss drugs might be changing The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering a change that would require insurers to cover obesity drugs for more than 20 million Americans under Affordable Care Act (ACA) plans. This change could expand coverage for obesity drugs, infertility treatments, and sexual dysfunction treatments, potentially impacting the market significantly. Study finds GLP-1 med reduces opioid craving In other news, th ..read more
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Bending Kids’ Minds
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by Pat Hartman
1w ago
Just in time to complement this page’s series on the history of dubiously-intentioned, propaganda-styled advertising, journalist Julia Olech has published a highly detailed report on the state of the invidious art today. It leads with what might be the most dramatic fact about age-related mortality: Children and teens today are the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents — largely down to serious health concerns linked to the overconsumption of junk food. One of the many villains here is high fructose corn syrup. Europe is less enamored of the substance, but still ..read more
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Selling Crap to Kids, Part 12
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by Pat Hartman
2w ago
In his New York Times piece, “Why Your New Year’s Diet Is Doomed,” Mark Bittman wrote, The interactions among calorie intake, exercise, fat accumulation, insulin resistance and genetic background, along with other environmental factors that cause diet-related diseases (such as stress and generational poverty), are variable and complicated. In other words, and not surprisingly, this problem is and always will be multi-factorial, and thus not amenable to any facile solution. Still, it is always possible that some factors weigh more heavily than others, and in this case, the factor known as ul ..read more
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Pet Obesity Survey Reveals U.S. Cats and Dogs Getting Fatter
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by Tatyana Meshcheryakova
2w ago
We haven’t discussed pet obesity in a while, with such hot topics as advertising to kids and the GLP-1 weight-loss drugs taking over for a while. So now is a good time as any to revisit this topic. Although there isn’t currently much in the news about pet obesity, except for some pet food companies tooting their own horn by promoting their weight-management pet food products, maybe the lack of news is still news — or non-news — or at least a stark reminder that not much is being done about our fat pets. Dogs and cats are getting fatter A pet obesity survey conducted by the Association for Pet ..read more
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Selling Crap to Kids, Part 11
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by Pat Hartman
2w ago
As the 20-teens decade progressed, conditions grew worse in the realm of celebrity endorsements. A study from New York University’s School of Medicine zeroed in on the sick relationship between the sports industry and the junk food industry. Journalist Megan Sheets summarized it thusly: More than three quarters of food products and half of beverages sponsored by the leagues most popular among American children are unhealthy… The findings revealed that 76 percent of food products are unhealthy and 52.4 percent of beverages are sugar sweetened across all of the sports-organization sponsored ad ..read more
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Selling Crap to Kids, Part 10
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by Pat Hartman
3w ago
Suppose that a prominent medical journal published a review paid for by Coca-Cola, General Mills, Hershey’s, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, and Monsanto, and partly authored by “a member of the scientific advisory board of Tate & Lyle, one of the world’s largest suppliers of high-fructose corn syrup” — which actually happened in 2016. What would a person expect that article to say? Well, if they guessed that it would say sugar is just fine and dandy, and all the unrealistically alarmist warnings against sugar are based on flimsy evidence — they would be correct. As soon as Annals of Internal Med ..read more
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