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This Week: In Brief

Saturday, December 05, 2009 Posted by Travis Saunders

Welcome to our weekly wrap-up of our favourite obesity news, research, and commentary from across the World Wide Web.  While we 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). 

1.  Biases among obesity researchers skew the results of obesity science:

2.  "Fructose is ethanol without the buzz".  Our friend Darya Pino at Summer Tomato has a fantastic video of Dr Bob Lustig explaining why sugar, and especially fructose, are a driving force in the obesity epidemic.  I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr Lustig earlier this year and he is absolutely phenomenal.  If you work in obesity management or are looking to make a healthy change to your own lifestyle, this is a video that you should not miss: .

3.  Lincoln university removes the ill-fated "too fat to graduate" rule.  It seems that being blasted by the media helped put the final nails in the coffin:

4.  "Maybe You Should Get Out More".  Tremendous ad by Subaru Canada that takes the piss out of that terrifying Snuggies commercial.  We love this ad!!!

5.   Is the increase in US obesity offsetting the beneficial health effects of the decline in smoking?
6.  From the New York Times: Exercise More During the Day, and You Will Sleep Better at Night:

7.  Despite earlier promises, Health Canada will continue to allow sales of unlicensed natural health products:

8.  Nutrition superstar Marion Nestle details a San Fransisco attorney who is taking on Kellog's ridiculous health claims:

9.  Lancet estimates that increased active transportation could have dramatic impact on greenhouse gases and public health:

10.  Every Wednesday, I select my favourite Health-related blog posts from the previous week on  Here are my favourite from the past week:

i.  Take that pharmacology!  In The Secret to Good Health – Listen to the Data! Brain Blogger reports on a new study showing that simply eating a healthy diet, exercising, and avoiding obesity reduces your risk of chronic disease by 80 percent!

ii.  You know how chocolate is bad for dogs?  Well it turns out it’s not much better for coyotes.  A surprisingly entertaining and informative post by The Lay Scientist titled Using Chocolate to Exterminate Coyotes

iii.  Ironically, despite the obesity epidemic, we North Americans waste a ton of food.  How much?  Journal Watch Online explains in America, Clean Your Plate!

iv.  The Lay Scientist rounds out the list with another can’t-miss post titled Is Rob Houben’s “Voice” a Hoax?

To read the top posts in other research areas, be sure to visit

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