Is Sugar Fattening? It Depends

Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for an international tax on sales of sugar-sweetened beverages. The thinking behind such a tax is that the growing epidemic of obesity in the world is caused by sugar-sweetened soda. However, this is contrary to the WHO Medical Officer that stated, “The decrease in soda sales in Mexico (who… Read more »

Can Diabetes Be Prevented Even Before Birth? Studies Say It’s Possible

More than a decade ago, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control estimated that the lifetime risk of developing diabetes for children born after 2000 was one in three. For Hispanics the odds of a child becoming diabetic increased to almost one in two. Furthermore, the authors estimated that if people developed diabetes by the… Read more »

Don’t Confuse Me With the Facts

The last couple of months have been hard on obesity experts as they have learned that maybe the obvious is not so obvious. It started out in October with an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on the substitution of sugar-sweetened beverages with politically correct sugar-free beverage replacements (1). Everyone from former Mayor… Read more »

Obesity Continues to Climb

More than 12 states now have adult obesity rates greater than 30 percent, and one in three children are either overweight or obese. However, 16 years ago, no state in the United States had an adult obesity rate greater than 20 percent.

Ease Off the Fats During Pregnancy

Obesity remains one of the primary headlines every day. But what you probably don’t know is the fastest growing segment of the obesity epidemic is children less than 4 years old.

No Excuses, Eat Your Breakfast

Everyone knows that breakfast should be the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, no one seems to have time to consume a real breakfast.

Obesity Starts In the Womb

A new study from Harvard Medical School strongly suggests that childhood obesity begins in the mother’s womb.

Fetal Programming: Gene Transformation Gone Wild (Part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of this blog, I discussed how dietary changes can alter gene expression and how those epigenetic changes can be mediated from one generation to the next by fetal programming. This is very clear from animal studies.

Mythologies In Treatment of Childhood Obesity

We all know that obese children tend to be inactive. This leads to the “obvious” conclusion that the solution to childhood obesity is simply more exercise. But what if that conclusion is totally wrong?