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This Week: In Brief

Saturday, November 28, 2009 Posted by Peter Janiszewski, PhD

While Travis and I regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and we encourage those of you with active Twitter accounts to communicate with us there to get real-time updates of all the stuff we are discussing (Follow Peter and/or Follow Travis). For those of you who shy away from Twitter, I thought we’d attempt to do a regular weekly feature of the best mini-stories that we came across during that week along with links to the original source so that you can follow the full story.

1. Lincoln university introduces a weight criteria for graduation and catches much flack as the story goes media viral - I bet Lincoln is regretting the move:

2. While obesity may spread through social networks like a virus, dropping your hefty friends is not the solution to your beer belly:

3. Apparently, The Biggest Loser medical staff may not be medically qualified and their weight loss practices are unsafe – Should I really be surprised?

4. The average Thanksgiving meal estimated to contain 3,000 calories and 229 g of fat:

- Probably the reason why it tastes so good. I am jealous of our US neighbors who celebrated Thanksgiving this week. Is it normal to enjoy Thanksgiving for both Canada and the US? I just have so much to be thankful for…and I really like turkey :)

5. It is suggested that the average dog owner gets more exercise than someone going to the gym:

- I would bet this all depends on how hyperactive and large your dog is – then again lugging all 3 lbs of your purse dog around all day can also burn a few kcals, I guess.

6. Great editorial in Archives of Internal Medicine on how crooked pharmaceutical companies can be – will do anything to sell more drugs, despite potential danger to public and awareness of much cheaper, equally efficacious, and less harmful alternatives. Vioxx serves as a perfect example of how greed can overcome ethics.

7. New study: The diabetes population and the related costs are expected to at least double in the next 25 years in US:

8. New Study: People who report work- or finance-related stress are more likely to have the metabolic syndrome. Just another example how our increasingly fast-paced lives are taking a toll on our health. This is particularly true for those of us who are high-strung to begin with. Let’s all just take a deep breath…

9. The government of Ontario is deliberating giving prescription rights to Naturopathic Doctors. Not surprisingly many are opposing the move, such as this fuming editorial in the National Post:

10. And finally, according to a new study, Ginko Biloba has no effect on reducing CVD risk & "cannot be recommended for preventing CVD":

Do you have any interesting stories to share? Do you have any thoughts and comments on this week’s top stories? Let’s have a chat using the comments section!

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Have a great weekend,


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1 Response to "This Week: In Brief"

  1. Steve Parker, M.D. Said,

    The first time I heard about the Peruvian fat scandal, it involved fat from live humans. Now it's corpses. By BS detector is registering "red."

    Human fat used in cosmetics? Yeah, right.


    Posted on December 12, 2009 at 7:48 PM


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