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Introduce Yourself!

Friday, February 12, 2010 Posted by Travis Saunders

Since our first post in November of 2008, Peter and I have made over 270 posts here on Obesity Panacea. We're always looking for ways to improve the blog, and we realized that that would be much easier if we knew more about our readers.  We have our regular commenters and have had interesting discussions with many of you via Twitter, but we don't always know why people specifically visit our site, or what type of content they are looking for.

So, here's your chance to improve the Obesity Panacea experience.  We'd like you to leave a comment, or send an email, or a tweet, letting us know who you are, what brings you here, and what you like and dislike about our site.  Would you like to see more interviews, or more practical tips like Peter's recent series on gym etiquette?  More product reviews?  Anything you'd like to see less of?

Any comments or suggestions will go a long way in helping us to make Obesity Panacea a more useful resource for our readers.  We want this site to be a conversation, and the more we know our readers, the easier that will be.  And if you don't feel comfortable leaving your name, remember that people can (and often do) comment anonymously.  We are looking forward to hearing form you!

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the Olympic Opening Ceremonies tonight!!!

Travis Saunders

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16 Response to "Introduce Yourself!"

  1. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday Said,

    I like to read about tips for eating and exercising.
    I also like to read about your take on new studies related to health, diet, and weight loss.

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 10:07 AM

     
  2. justjuliebean Said,

    I'm not interested in products, I really like posts like the last, about glycogen. I'm not an athlete, but I do exercise hard sometimes, and likely burn through a lot of my glycogen. This is why I'm not afraid of sugar, or any other food really, but don't really need to recover quickly, so still only eat when I'm hungry. If it takes a day or two to recover, I take it easier for a day or two. But it's nice to know how it works, and that I don't have to start drinking chocolate milk, it's fine if I just want to be tired all day instead. I really don't like to eat within hour after gym, don't want to.

    I am BS chemistry, so I can tell the crap from realistic, and I used to be obese (BMI = 34), now I am BMI = 25 and dropping.

    I like how you're balanced, seem to not really be scornful of large people, that's kind of nice for a non-fat acceptance site.

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 1:12 PM

     
  3. justjuliebean Said,

    I'm not interested in products, I really like posts like the last, about glycogen. I'm not an athlete, but I do exercise hard sometimes, and likely burn through a lot of my glycogen. This is why I'm not afraid of sugar, or any other food really, but don't really need to recover quickly, so still only eat when I'm hungry. If it takes a day or two to recover, I take it easier for a day or two. But it's nice to know how it works, and that I don't have to start drinking chocolate milk, it's fine if I just want to be tired all day instead. I really don't like to eat within hour after gym, don't want to.

    I am BS chemistry, so I can tell the crap from realistic, and I used to be obese (BMI = 34), now I am BMI = 25 and dropping.

    I like how you're balanced, seem to not really be scornful of large people, that's kind of nice for a non-fat acceptance site.

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 1:13 PM

     
  4. Angela Said,

    I am on the long road of weight loss, having lost 75 lbs with only 20 more to go, and a few ups and downs along the way. I like to read about nutrition tips, research studies, and how it all ties in with mental health. I loved the gym etiquette posts, there's never enough humour in most weight loss blogs!

    Specifically I'd like to learn more about the long term effects of different types of exercise and injury prevention in overweight people. I'm an MRI tech and every day I see exercise related injuries and arthritis and it's made me paranoid! I'd love to start jogging but all I can think of is the pounding my knees are taking, especially with the extra weight I'm subjecting them to.

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 3:05 PM

     
  5. Kate Porter Said,

    I like the research reviews; I'm not familiar enough with physiology/health science (nor connected enough to have journal access) to reliably separate the wheat from the chaff, so I like to read your take on peer-reviewed research articles. I also agree with justjuliebean in that I appreciate your focus on being healthy, as opposed to just thin. The product posts are entertaining, but I typically don't fall for the hype anyway, so at most they're just fun for me to read.

    I agree with Angela, too, that reviews of research about exercise and injury prevention is something I'd like to see more of.

    Mainly, the reason I like your blog is that I know that I'll get an honest review of the evidence, as opposed to someone trying to sell me something.

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 4:03 PM

     
  6. Kate Porter Said,

    Oh, and I like reading about the research you are both doing, too!

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 4:03 PM

     
  7. Christina Said,

    Hi, I'm a dietitian and what I most appreciate about your blog is that you review research studies about obesity and condense and summarize the most significant parts and the "take home messages". Thank you.

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 4:32 PM

     
  8. Travis Saunders Said,

    Thanks for the comments ladies, this is all very helpful!

    Travis

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 4:51 PM

     
  9. lisalgreer Said,

    Hey, guys. I love this blog, first of all. :) I am one of the obese folks who has gotten healthier in the last couple years but still have a lot to lose. I like reading about NEAT (have added some of that and am seeing a difference) and other research with data showing things that are helpful for weight loss and fat loss.

    Posted on February 12, 2010 at 10:19 PM

     
  10. Travis Saunders Said,

    Wow, these have all been extremely helpful! We've had some great responses via Twitter and email as well.

    Injury prevention is something that I don't think we've ever discussed on the blog, but I think it would be a great idea.

    I honestly expected people to say that they wanted more product reviews, so it's very useful to know that they're not necessarily what people find most interesting.

    Any other feedback and comments are always appreciated!

    Travis

    Posted on February 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM

     
  11. Phd Blogger Said,

    Hi, I am a new PhD student and I am jealous of the level of your knowledge and ease of writing. I am currently conducting a physical activity intervention as part of my research. I have passed on the link to your site to my participants. I enjoy reading the site each week and I like the of subjects covered. Keep up the good work!

    Regards

    Sean Webster

    Posted on February 15, 2010 at 6:48 AM

     
  12. Travis Saunders Said,

    @ PhD Blogger,

    Thanks for the kind words! Having this blog has been a terrific way to work on our writing, and expand our knowledge base. It's like having a journal club every week. I'm amazed that so few researchers have them. Have you found that yours has been useful for you?

    Travis

    Posted on February 15, 2010 at 11:44 AM

     
  13. arrowdynamicmom Said,

    I enjoy this blog just the way it is. I like how it's a mix of product reviews, humor, opinions, good advice and plain-English articles about scientific studies. That last one is a great antidote to self-proclaimed "experts" with an agenda and products to sell, and mass-media articles with misleading headlines (I don't know which is worse).

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it! Just ask Jay Leno!

    Cheers, Sue

    Posted on February 15, 2010 at 9:07 PM

     
  14. theusualblabber Said,

    I am a postdoc working on epigenetics. Though my work is not related to obesity at all, i love reading your blog for 2 reasons:
    1. it is interesting. I like the way you review interesting and controversial papers/reports in your field.
    2. Though i m not really obese, i m on the borderline to being overweight. So obviously, i love your little tips on eating and exercising.
    Keep it up! :)

    Posted on February 16, 2010 at 7:17 PM

     
  15. Proud FA Said,

    I'm also a researcher who has discovered a cure for obesity that works. Instead of studying the leptin levels in stressed out lab rats I studied fatlings. It seemed to me that studying lab rats was a waste of time because lab rats are not part of the obesity epidemic.

    All the eggheads have been studying obesity for 40 years and in that time people have simply gotten fatter. Researchers have been barking up the same wrong trees and make what they think are discoveries.

    If you want to understand the feeding habits of fatlings just go to where the food is and watch. I spent several years observing and studying fatlings. I know who they think and how they behave. I know more about them than they know about themselves and as a result I know how to get them to comply with the dietary and exercise guidelines required for effective weight loss and maintenance. I discovered long ago that it take more than nutrition and exercise.

    I contend that is a person is fat that they are most likely a glutton. I have yet to hear and argument that can convince me that I'm wrong about that. Please try.

    Posted on February 18, 2010 at 3:24 AM

     
  16. Matthew Said,

    Hi, I am Matthew, a postdoc from SLU (Saint Louis University) and have found your articles extremely helpful and insightful. Keep up the good work!

    I personally like the articles you write that quote scientific studies, such as:
    - Obesity and car crashes. Does fat provide a protective cushion against injury?
    - Top 10 Obesity-Related Research Posts of 2009
    - Too Much TV Reduces the Benefits of Physical Activity

    On another note, Travis and Peter, did you have the chance to read the guest article I sent you titled :"Obesity and Reduced Sleep: Will Sleeping Less Make Me Fat?" a few weeks ago at peter@obesitypanacea.com,
    travis@obesitypanacea.com ?

    Matthew

    Posted on February 18, 2010 at 2:54 PM

     

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