Saturday, December 07, 2013

Saturday Stories: Death, Scientists and Healthy Obesity

Dilbert's creator, Scott Adams, reflecting on his father's chronic suffering in the context of legalizing doctor assisted death.

Food lawyer Ron Dearing and his great piece entitled, Scientists Behaving Badly.

My friend and obesity medicine guru Dr. Arya Sharma with his take on that new study about healthy and obese being contradictory terms.

[And if you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook, my weekly US News and World Report column is on my belief that this holiday season should be an all-you-can-eat one]

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  1. Anonymous1:13 pm

    It's amazing how much comment the 'healthy obesity' meta-analysis has generated, given how peculiar that study really is. The findings are not even adjusted for obvious confounding factors like age, sex and smoking. The relative risks in the meta-analysis are not the relative risks taken from the published articles that they cite. They are recalculated from raw data counts by the authors of the meta-analysis. They are completely unadjusted. It's not clear that these are the least bit meaningful. It's surprising that the paper ever even got published as lack of adjustment is just about a fatal flaw.

  2. Anonymous7:00 pm

    Re eat to celebrate Christmas - but very carefully, count calories, have your indulgences, be prepared to gain a little.

    I'm glad that works for you, but I've tried that and it doesn't work for me. I eat as close to my usual routine as possible, which is much easier than trying to get calorie counts for fancy foods.

    Instead of calories I count treats : a movie, extra time with a library book, seeing a concert a friend is performing in, shopping for or making little presents for neighbors and friends, sending real paper Christmas cards etc etc.

    I used to have special holiday food that I'd make - my mother's cake, cookie exchanges with friends, special "feasts" for many days throuout the season. Not worth it!!! I gained weight every year, and started every new year with a struggle. How depressing.

    So now I eat as close to routine as possible, saying "no thanks" to a lot of food, but, nobody really cares what I eat as long as I'm present and happy to be with them.

    I have a new tradition - On about the 2nd of January I go shopping for new clothes. (I put aside money just for this.) Every time I say "no thanks" to extra food I smile to myself and think of my Jan 2 day out.

    No more starting the new year heavier and depressed about having to struggle lose the weight all over again.

    Sure , fancy food is a "traditional" treat, but it's not necessary.
    A person who skips the calorie overload may not be suffering at all - maybe they're enjoying other (non-food) holiday indulgences.