- Holiday Diet Tip #7 Holiday Diet Tip #7
Today's holiday tip is for the buffet. Rather than loading up on everything, just choose a few new foods -- preferably some things you've never tried before. It's fun ...Read Full Post
- Holiday Diet Tip #6 Holiday Diet Tip #6
Today's tip is to eat something at home before you go shopping. If you're hungry and you have a full day of shopping ahead of you, you might fall prey ...Read Full Post
- Holiday Diet Tip #5 Holiday Diet Tip #5
Today's tip is to bring your own dish to the party. This doesn't work for dining at a restaurant, but it's a good one for a holiday party at a ...Read Full Post
- Holiday Diet Tip #4 Holiday Diet Tip #4
Today's holiday diet tip is to not skip meals. I know it sounds like a good idea -- skip a meal so you can eat more later. But that's the ...Read Full Post
- Holiday Diet Tip #3 Holiday Diet Tip #3
Today's holiday tip isn't about food -- it's about exercise. Make time for a little exercise every day. Go for a walk outside if the weather cooperates, or walk inside ...Read Full Post
- Ideas to Make Gift-Giving a Breeze This Christmas Ideas to Make Gift-Giving a Breeze This Christmas
If you’re like me, you probably have a few people on your Christmas gift list that are almost impossible to buy for. Whether it’s your coworker or your kid’s teacher, perhaps you feel a little embarrassed by your lack of c [...]
- Why Clean Eating Isn’t ‘Healthy’ Why Clean Eating Isn’t ‘Healthy’
It’s one of those terms I hear bandied about a lot. Whether it’s from personal trainers, or in magazines and diet books. The truth is “clean eating” has no real definition. In fact, it probably means something differ [...]
- 7 Easy Ways to Turn Any Recipe into a Real Food Recipe 7 Easy Ways to Turn Any Recipe into a Real Food Recipe
There’s a misconception that really needs to be squashed! This type of negative thinking is all around us, even within the ranks of our family members. I have friends who would barely try a new food because I mistakingly introduced it [...]
- Obesity and Depression: Are They Connected? Obesity and Depression: Are They Connected?
Those with excess weight often suffer from depression. That’s no secret. What we’re unsure about, though, is which comes first. Does being seriously overweight directly lead to depression in some people? Or, does depression caus [...]
- Change Isn’t Easy… Choose Your Hard! Change Isn’t Easy… Choose Your Hard!
Do you often feel you’re fighting an uphill battle with yourself as you try to reach your goals? I fully understand that. Perhaps you’re full of “buts” as to why you’re not in the best shape you could be. ..but [...]
Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes
- Are There Merits To Subtyping Obesity? Are There Merits To Subtyping Obesity?
Regular readers may recall that several years ago we proposed that it was time to move beyond considering obesity a homogeneous entity (as defined by BMI alone) and suggested that clinicians may be better off using an “etiological fra [...]
- Do Shame And Blame Tactics Make The Obesity Problem Worse? Do Shame And Blame Tactics Make The Obesity Problem Worse?
A widespread misconception, even amongst well-meaning folks, is that spreading the word about the dangers of obesity and using overt or even just subtle social pressure to “nudge” people to improving their health behaviours for [...]
- How Long Can Healthy Obese People Stay Healthy? How Long Can Healthy Obese People Stay Healthy?
Following last week’s flurry of articles and posts on the issue of “healthy obesity”, here is a commentary by my friend and colleague Sean Wharton, who holds a doctorate in both Pharmacy and Medicine and is the medical dir [...]
- Obesity Weekend Roundup, December 6, 2013 Obesity Weekend Roundup, December 6, 2013
As not everyone may have a chance during the week to read every post, here’s a roundup of last week’s posts: At-Risk is Not The Same as Unhealthy Metabolically Unhealthy Obese Individuals Are Not Healthy New Meta-Analysis Adds T [...]
- Building a Better India Building a Better India
This week I have the good fortune of having been invited to attend and speak at the 2013 Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi. At this Summit, I am in the illustrious company of leaders in politics, business, arts and sports inclu [...]
- Food Policy Action releases handy Congress “scorecard” on food issues Food Policy Action releases handy Congress “scorecard” on food issues
Washington is such a mess that you can’t tell the players without a scorecard, and this one is really useful. Food Policy Action to the rescue. Food Policy Action is a project of the Environmental Working Group. Ken Cook of EWG is its chai [...]
- Yes, one more post on the meaning of “natural” Yes, one more post on the meaning of “natural”
At a talk I gave for CQ Roll Call in Washington, DC last week, an audience member asked about the definition of “natural.” I thought I had said everything there was to say about it (see post from August). Wrong. Another member [...]
- Book mini-review: It’s Not About the Broccoli Book mini-review: It’s Not About the Broccoli
As we head into the holiday season, I’m going to catch up on books that might make welcome gifts for the people in your life who think that food is about more than just eating. Here’s one for food-worried parents: Dina Rose. I [...]
- Monsanto has a public image problem? A surprise? Monsanto has a public image problem? A surprise?
Thanks to Politico for alerting us to Monsanto’s sudden discovery: it has just recognized—can you believe this?—that it has a public image problem. In recent months the company has shaken up its senior public relations st [...]
- Yes, the environment does influence food choice Yes, the environment does influence food choice
I’m in Washington, DC this week on a bit of book tour for Eat, Drink, Vote (see Appearances for schedule). At my Politics & Prose bookstore event last night, I got asked why I think the food environment matters so much in dietary [...]
- Holiday food safety tips Holiday food safety tips
Bone up on food safety to ensure that your holiday celebrations don't go awry.
- A day in the life of diabetes A day in the life of diabetes
November is diabetes awareness month and its aim is to educate Americans about diabetes and encourage them to take steps to lower their risk.
- Prevent kitchen fires with these safety tips Prevent kitchen fires with these safety tips
Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires. Fortunately they can be prevented with a few simple safety tips.
- What is a good ileostomy diet? What is a good ileostomy diet?
A Mayo Clinic dietitian offers tips on what foods to choose following ostomy surgery.
- Food insecurity still a problem for many Food insecurity still a problem for many
Many in the U.S. are unable to acquire or are uncertain of having enough food to meet their needs. See what you can do to help.
- Why be on Twitter for Food & Nutrition Professionals Why be on Twitter for Food & Nutrition Professionals
I wrote a blog post for the American Society for Nutrition on how Twitter can be useful to food and nutrition professionals. Because of space constraints, I had to cut down and even remove a few thoughtful quotes that I received from many h [...]
- Artificial Opinions Artificial Opinions
Note: A shorter version of this post appears on Weighty Matters. An opinion article in the journal Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism by Dr. Susan Swithers about artificial sweeteners made for scary articles last week. Here is a small s [...]
- Dr. Oz’s not-so-sweet artificial sweetener recommendations Dr. Oz’s not-so-sweet artificial sweetener recommendations
Dr. Oz writes today that artificial sweeteners are “linked to diabetes and some forms of cancers – including cancers of the colon, kidney, and esophagus.” The study he links is by Gallus and colleagues (2006), who actually found [...
- Lazy Scholar Chrome Extension Lazy Scholar Chrome Extension
I got tired of highlight title-> ctrl+c -> open Google Scholar -> ctrl+p -> search every time I want to check if Google Scholar has indexed the full text of a scientific abstract that interests me. So I wrote a Chrome Extens [...]
- Experimental Biology tweets #EB2013 Experimental Biology tweets #EB2013
As I’ve done for another conference, I collected tweets for this year’s Experimental Biology conference with a Python script that I wrote and played around with them in R. I could not attend but it was great to follow along thro [...]
- Breaks in sedentary time associated with improved health in kids with family history of obesity Breaks in sedentary time associated with improved health in kids with family history of obesity
A couple weeks ago one of my thesis papers was published in the journal PLOS ONE, titled “Associations of Sedentary Behavior, Sedentary Bouts and Breaks in Sedentary Time with Cardiometabolic Risk in Children with a Family History of [...]
- Participant’s Needed – An Online Survey Participant’s Needed – An Online Survey
Earlier this fall we introduced a new feature where we publicize studies looking for human participants. Once each month, I will put up a post with short descriptions of studies requiring human subjects. I have two basic requirements. To & [...]
- Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children – 10 Days Until Abstract Deadline! Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children – 10 Days Until Abstract Deadline!
Just a brief note to let everyone know that you have 10 days to get in your abstract or propose a workshop for the Global Summit on the Physical Activity of Children which will take place in Toronto on May …
- What caused the childhood obesity epidemic? What caused the childhood obesity epidemic?
Earlier this year I was asked to give a talk on the childhood obesity epidemic for faculty and staff of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). The folks at UOIT were good …
- If you could do *any* study, what would it be? If you could do *any* study, what would it be?
Anyone who has sat through a thesis defense has heard some variation on the following question: “If you had unlimited funds, what would you do for your next study?”. It’s a good question. Like a lot of researchers, I have [...]
- 9 Tips To Eat Healthy When Holiday Traveling 9 Tips To Eat Healthy When Holiday Traveling
Since calorie rich meals are almost certainly in your future, why waste a perfectly good meal on crappy airport food?
- Summer Tomato Holiday Wish List 2013 Summer Tomato Holiday Wish List 2013
As my healthstyle has evolved over the years I've acquired an arsenal of tools that are indispensable for keeping me on track.
- For the Love of Food For the Love of Food
Cavemen actually did eat beans, dairy fat is surprisingly healthy and how God can help you lose weight.
- Foodist Approved: Roasted Butternut and Leek Warm Winter Salad Foodist Approved: Roasted Butternut and Leek Warm Winter Salad
Eating fresh and light at home will balance out all the festive eating and drinking this holiday season.
- 5 Steps to Stop Emotional Eating 5 Steps to Stop Emotional Eating
Using food to calm emotions can become an unhealthy coping mechanism when underlying issues desperately need addressing.