U.S. Growing Not In A Good Way

  Yesterday we observed that global obesity rates have been soaring over the past 40 years. In the United States, the statistics are extremely worrisome to physicians and other public health experts. Last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...

The New Malnutrition

  Marked changes in food choices, portions sizes, consumption patterns, and eating behaviors have lead to a ten-fold spike in obesity rates worldwide over the past 40 years, according to Stephany Nebehay: “Over 40 years we have gone from about 11 million to a...

Why Diets Fail

  Without a doubt, overweight (defined by a body mass index greater than or equal to the 85th percentile) and obesity (BMI greater than or equal to the 95th percentile) present clear risks to our health. In particular, the consequences of obesity impact...

Obesity’s Reach Is Global

Despite aggressive attempts to raise awareness and prompt meaningful action on curbing the overweight/obesity epidemic in the United States — by pediatricians (and this blog) and other health providers and their medical societies, public health and policy...

The Processed Food Experiment

Yesterday, we were brought along on a thought experiment conducted by pediatric endocrinologist and professor, Robert H. Lustig, M.D. After reviewing the characteristics that define “processed food” and considering its nutritional properties, it’s...