The Demise of the Mediterranean Diet?

This week is Mediterranean diet week. Unfortunately after 2,000 years, no one really knows what the Mediterranean diet actually consists of.

Is There An Obesity Gene?

When I first heard about the discovery of a potential obesity gene on the news, I ignored it …. Nonetheless, I decided to read the research paper in its pre-publication form. Even though it is an incredibly scientifically dense paper, rich in genetic jargon, it finally did it begin to make sense.

Where Does Fat Go?

The fastest and most popular (although costly) way to lose fat is to simply suck it out of the body.

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.

A New Obesity Suspect

The number of overweight and obese has been remarkably stable for the past several years at about two-thirds of the adult population, but a greater number of adults are moving from a classification of being simply overweight to being labeled as obese. Maybe there's a new suspect.

New Solution or Simply Admitting Failure?

Last week the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) announced that gastric bypass surgery is a cost-effective treatment for type 2 diabetes. This marks the first time in modern medicine that cutting out normal tissue is now considered good medicine.

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?

What Exactly is BMI?

Have you ever had one of those experiences with a child when they ask you a question or to define a word that is so common you should easily be able to, but you are left dumbfounded when trying to search for the best way to explain it to them? Welcome to Body Mass Index… Read more »