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  • Guest Post: The Problems With Balancing Accuracy And Reach In Science Communication: What To Do When Even Journals Want To Contribute To Media Hype By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 19, 2019

    GUEST POST: THE PROBLEMS WITH BALANCING ACCURACY AND REACH IN SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: WHAT TO DO WHEN EVEN JOURNALS WANT TO CONTRIBUTE TO MEDIA HYPE

    Last week saw the publication of a new study in the BJSM entitled , " Is interval training the magic bullet for fat loss? A systematic...

    Exercise, Guest Post, Research
  • Saturday Stories: Animal Feelings, Essential Oils, and Sports Drinks By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 16, 2019

    SATURDAY STORIES: ANIMAL FEELINGS, ESSENTIAL OILS, AND SPORTS DRINKS

    Ross Andersen, in The Atlantic, on the feelings of animals. Ranjana Srivastava, in The Guardian, on her patient who chose essential...

    Sport, Brain, Saturday Stories
  • President Trump May Be A Racist, Antisemitic, Xenophobic, Man-Child, But Despite What You May Have Heard Yesterday, He's Not Obese By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 15, 2019

    PRESIDENT TRUMP MAY BE A RACIST, ANTISEMITIC, XENOPHOBIC, MAN-CHILD, BUT DESPITE WHAT YOU MAY HAVE HEARD YESTERDAY, HE'S NOT OBESE

    Yes, I know the medical report released on him yesterday stated that Trump's weight gives him a BMI of 30.4 and that 30 (for better...

    Obesity, Child, Cancer, Bias
  • Groundbreaking New Study On Ultra-Processed Foods Provides Possible Causal Smoking Gun For Our Global Obesity Struggles By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 12, 2019

    GROUNDBREAKING NEW STUDY ON ULTRA-PROCESSED FOODS PROVIDES POSSIBLE CAUSAL SMOKING GUN FOR OUR GLOBAL OBESITY STRUGGLES

    [Disclosure, the lead author, Kevin Hall, is a friend of mine and we co-authored a paper together in the past] A huge deal pre-print...

    Obesity, Food, Diet, Calories, Research
  • Guest Post: The Truth about Detox Diets By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 11, 2019

    GUEST POST: THE TRUTH ABOUT DETOX DIETS

    Todays guest post comes from Colleen O'Connor and Justine Horne, two registered dietitians who recently set out to investigate whether...

    Diet, Guest Post, Research
  • Saturday Stories: Banal Antisemitism, Quitting Surgery, And Brain Quackery By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 9, 2019

    SATURDAY STORIES: BANAL ANTISEMITISM, QUITTING SURGERY, AND BRAIN QUACKERY

    QUACK QUACK Stephen Daisley, in The Spectator, on the UK's Labour party and the banality of antisemitism . Miko, in Mind Body Miko,...

    Brain, Saturday Stories
  • Guest Post: If You Serve It, We Will Drink It By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 7, 2019

    GUEST POST: IF YOU SERVE IT, WE WILL DRINK IT

    12oz can of Coca-Cola = 39g of free sugar offered to residents at recent CaRMS event Today's guest post comes from first year medical...

    Sport, Food, Canada's Food Guide, Guest Post, Sugar
  • Guest Post: What I Learned When I Actually Read That New BMJ Breakfast Study By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 4, 2019

    GUEST POST: WHAT I LEARNED WHEN I ACTUALLY READ THAT NEW BMJ BREAKFAST STUDY

    Last week saw the BMJ's publication of a new meta-analysis on whether breakfast is useful to weight management. And, entirely predictably,...

    Guest Post, Research
  • Saturday Stories: Rutabagas, Farming, And P.E By Weighty Matters   -   Feb 2, 2019

    SATURDAY STORIES: RUTABAGAS, FARMING, AND P.E

    Helen Rosner, in the New Yorker, with the story you didn't know you needed to read about rutabagas . AC Shilton, in Outside, on how...

    Saturday Stories
  • First Mood, Then Weight By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 30, 2019

    FIRST MOOD, THEN WEIGHT

    People often come to me wanting to lose weight or improve their lifestyle, but their moods are anything but well. Sometimes, when I...

    Plan, Depression
  • Canada's New Food Guide's Biggest Missed Opportunity By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 28, 2019

    CANADA'S NEW FOOD GUIDE'S BIGGEST MISSED OPPORTUNITY

    As I mentioned last week, Canada's new Food Guide is a giant step forward . But having read through all the published materials to...

    Sport, Nutrition, Food, Canada's Food Guide, children, Government
  • Saturday Stories: Gym Safe Spaces, Doctor Rapp, and Time Flying By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 26, 2019

    SATURDAY STORIES: GYM SAFE SPACES, DOCTOR RAPP, AND TIME FLYING

    Fancy Feast, in Buzzfeed, on her surprise as a fat woman that the gym has become her sanctuary. Jeff Maysh, in The Atlantic, with the...

    Saturday Stories
  • Now That Canada's Food Guide Has Markedly Improved, What's Left For Canadian Nutrition And Public Health Advocates To Champion? By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 25, 2019

    NOW THAT CANADA'S FOOD GUIDE HAS MARKEDLY IMPROVED, WHAT'S LEFT FOR CANADIAN NUTRITION AND PUBLIC HEALTH ADVOCATES TO CHAMPION?

    Ok. So we have an exciting new food guide here in Canada, but please don't think that means there's nothing left to push for in Canadian...

    Nutrition, Food, Government, Health Canada
  • Why Canada's Food Guide Matters Even If No One Ever Looks At It By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 23, 2019

    WHY CANADA'S FOOD GUIDE MATTERS EVEN IF NO ONE EVER LOOKS AT IT

    Milk marketing materials distributed to Ontario kindergarten students in their classroom Though it's terrific to finally have a national...

    Food, Diet, Canada's Food Guide
  • BREAKING: Canada's New Food Guide Is Out - And It's A Giant Step Forward CanadasFoodGuide By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 23, 2019

    BREAKING: CANADA'S NEW FOOD GUIDE IS OUT - AND IT'S A GIANT STEP FORWARD CANADASFOODGUIDE

    Though it would have been wonderful to not have had to wait 12 years for 2007's awful Food Guide's replacement, beyond how long it...

    Food, Canada's Food Guide, Health Canada
  • Saturday Stories: 'Oumuamua, A Probable Serial Rapist, and Running By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 19, 2019

    SATURDAY STORIES: 'OUMUAMUA, A PROBABLE SERIAL RAPIST, AND RUNNING

    Isaac Chotiner, in The New Yorker, interviewing Harvard's chair of astronomy, Avi Loeb, on why he believes 'Oumuamua may have been...

    Saturday Stories
  • Because Finding Them Now Is Too Difficult? PepsiCo Launches Mobile, Self-Driving, Health-Washing, Vending Machines By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 14, 2019

    BECAUSE FINDING THEM NOW IS TOO DIFFICULT? PEPSICO LAUNCHES MOBILE, SELF-DRIVING, HEALTH-WASHING, VENDING MACHINES

    Caught this the other day. PepsiCo has partnered with the University of the Pacific campus in Stockton, California to launch mobile...

    Food
  • Saturday Stories: Life While Fat, Millennial Burnout, and Corporate Nannies By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 12, 2019

    SATURDAY STORIES: LIFE WHILE FAT, MILLENNIAL BURNOUT, AND CORPORATE NANNIES

    Tommy Tomlinson, in The Atlantic, with a sad and haunting essay on what life is like for him carrying 460lbs . Anne Helen Petersen,...

    Saturday Stories
  • The Only Thing Public Health And The Food Industry Fully And Firmly Agree Upon About Canada's Next Food Guide Is That It Definitely Matters By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 9, 2019

    THE ONLY THING PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE FOOD INDUSTRY FULLY AND FIRMLY AGREE UPON ABOUT CANADA'S NEXT FOOD GUIDE IS THAT IT DEFINITELY MATTERS

    Generally speaking, there probably isn't much that public health professionals and the food industry agree upon when it comes to Canada's...

    Food, Big Food, Canada's Food Guide, Government, Milk
  • Caring About The Quality of Your Food Is Not A Disorder By Weighty Matters   -   Jan 7, 2019

    CARING ABOUT THE QUALITY OF YOUR FOOD IS NOT A DISORDER

    That's not to say people can't see their concerns about diet quality not deteriorate into a disorder - where their concerns have sometimes...

    Knees, Diet, Food, Diets