Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What do the world's foremost obesity experts eat?

Well thanks to The Obesity Society, nothin' good.

When I wandered through the lunch offerings at this years Obesity Society's Annual Scientific Assembly in San Diego (one of the world's largest obesity conferences), what did I find?

Giant brownies, pretzels and full sugar soda - an interesting juxtaposition with the 2 abstracts and 2 complete symposia dedicated to sugared soda.

Sure could make one less hopeful about the world changing to de-normalize the ubiquitous provision of junk food when even the Obesity Society feels comfortable ordering it up for its members.

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  1. I always feel this way at any public health event. Sure, we aren't there solely to discuss obesity, but most public health professors will readily tell you their thoughts on lifestyle and obesity. I am always baffled to then see the same spread of pastries at our gatherings. There is never anything there that I consider edible! Irony!

  2. Anonymous7:52 am

    So gross.

  3. Welcome to our toxic food environment.

    At corporate meetings, I usually give my diet, health, and lifestyle presentations after lunch.

    A typical lunch? Fried Chicken. And, after my presentations, they roll in a snack. Usually, they have supersized chocolate chip cookies.

    At least the attendees understand the point I make about our "toxic food environment".

    Ken Leebow

  4. This is why I hate corporate events lasting more than a day. Enough food for a week each day. And most of out fatty.

  5. Anonymous9:45 am

    Apalling. It's not that difficult to request venues to adjust their catering menus to be a bit more healthful. I've done it for several meetings. If more conference organizers did so then maybe the standard offerings would eventually least cut those pastries and ginormous muffins in half please.

  6. I think the "personal responsiblity" guys were the ones responsible for the table.

  7. that really is sad... ahhh yi yi

  8. Cynthia Field-Rose3:55 pm

    I can't stop shaking my head! Unbelievable.

  9. There are some guidelines that can help with food at meetings. The vast majority of (health- and wellness-related) meetings I attend follow these meeting guidelines at the highest level possible.

  10. Anonymous3:55 pm

    Well, nobody in that picture appears to be fat. What does that tell you? Perhaps that eating junk food (and lots of it) does not make folks fat unless they are genetically disposed to being so, or that people who become obesity "experts" are people who have never had a weight problem and have no idea what it means to be fat and in a constant struggle to lose weight.

    Mostly, I think it tells us that we (including the experts) don't really understand obesity and are just parroting the same, tired old maxims about weight and dieting that have been around for ages.

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