Research & Stats

60 Minutes asks: Is Sugar Toxic?

New research points finger at sugar as the culprit not just of obesity but cancer and heart disease. Low fat diet became high in sugar.
watch segment here

FDA to approve new diet pill? (it’s already in use with some side effects)

Next week, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration will recommend whether the agency should approve the first new prescription diet pill in 13 years.
Read the rest of the New York Times

NYT has a multimedia piece today on young people getting WLS

Young, Obese, and In Surgery
Though Shani Gofman had been teased for being fat since the fourth grade, she had learned to deal with it. She was a B student and in the drama club at school. She had good friends and a boyfriend she had met through Facebook. She even showed off her curves in spandex leggings and snug shirts.
When her pediatrician, Dr. Senya Vayner, first mentioned weight-loss surgery, Ms. Gofman was 17, still living with her parents in Bensonhurst,

Watch this 1978 60 Minutes video segment on NAAFA

Wow, 34 years later…how much has changed?

Study Shows Why It’s Hard to Keep Weight Off

a choice excerpt from this NYT article:
One thing is clear, he said: “A vast effort to persuade the public to change its habits just hasn’t prevented or cured obesity.”
“We need more knowledge,” Dr. Hirsch said. “Condemning the public for their uncontrollable hedonism and the food industry for its inequities just doesn’t seem to be turning the tide.”
read the whole thing here