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The Gravity of Weight
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The Gambler’s Fallacy in Research
Down the “statistical garden path” for those participating in clinical studies.

Jun 18, 2017

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The “Furry Test Tubes” of Obesity Research
The “intellectual leap” of translating science from mice to humans

May 14, 2017

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Of March and Myth: The Politicizing of Science
Scientific integrity, self-correction, and the public

Apr 19, 2017

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Salt Intake: Taking Advice With That Proverbial Grain
Is there a salt setpoint for optimal health?

Mar 09, 2017

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Behind the Smoke-Screen of Vaping: E-Cigarettes
Condensing information from the nuance of vapor

Feb 03, 2017

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Sugar by Any Other Name? Low Calorie Sweeteners
Why is there still confusion about sugar substitutes?

Dec 27, 2016

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The Brittle World of Peanut Allergy
Navigating the daily potentially life-threatening challenges of food allergies

Nov 24, 2016

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Interests Conflicted: A ‘Wicked Problem’ in Medical Research
Along a ‘continuum of moral jeopardy’ for scientific researchers

Oct 12, 2016

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Is Extreme Childhood Obesity ‘Nutritional Neglect’?
How much are parents responsible for their children’s excessive weight?

Sep 14, 2016

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The “Electrochemical Persuasion” of Neuromodulation
Was the treatment of obesity ever “brainless?”

Aug 13, 2016

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Advise and Consent
Ethical dilemmas in clinical investigation

Jul 04, 2016

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Body Weight in the Time of Climate Control
Creatures of comfort: Entering the monotony of the TNZ— the thermoneutral zone

Jun 03, 2016

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Marijuana and Weight: A Plant With Virtues to Be Discovered?
The “world’s most used illegal drug” has paradoxical effects on body weight

Apr 25, 2016

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Adolphe Quetelet and the Evolution of Body Mass Index (BMI)
A 19th century ‘Renaissance man’ devised a ratio we use today.

Mar 18, 2016

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The Care and Feeding of Myths: Breastfeeding and Weight
Separating out science from fiction in breastfeeding research on obesity

Feb 15, 2016

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In Nutrition, Where Does Science Stop and Fantasy Begin?
Paleolithic diets: Hardly a “Garden of Earthly Delights.”

Jan 14, 2016

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The Double-Edged Sword of Alcohol Use
The toxic and beneficial effects of drinking and its relationship to weight

Dec 20, 2015

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Illusions and “Troubled Senses” of Body Dysmorphic Disorder
The psychological distortions and “monstrous maladies” of “imagined ugliness”

Nov 14, 2015

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The “False Creation” of Body Image Distortions
A pilgrimage toward understanding “of its own beauty is the mind diseased”

Oct 15, 2015

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Toward a ‘Knowledge of Causes…and All Things Possible’
Traversing the rugged territory from observed associations to causation.

Sep 17, 2015

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Some Philosophical Musings on Food
Only a philosopher can ask, ‘What is the metaphysical coefficient of lemon?’

Aug 18, 2015

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The Quicksand of Self-deception: The Nocebo Effect
Giving patients too much information about potential harm may be harmful itself

Jul 23, 2015

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A Point of Reference: Weight and the Concept of Set Point
Is the set point just another point of no return for weight-challenged people?

Jun 22, 2015

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The Melancholy of Anatomy: Excessive Weight and Depression
The complex relationship between weight and depressive disorders

May 21, 2015

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The Self “Loathsome Gluttony” of Binge-eating-Disorder
When eating to live turns to out of control living to eat

April 21, 2015

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Cancer Risk and Weight: Our Body and “Pathologies of Space”
What do we know about the relationship between excessive weight and cancer?

March 21, 2015

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Smoking and Weight: Those “Burnt-out Ends of Smoky Days”
The burden of weight gain after smoking cessation

February 20, 2015

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Food Cravings: Those “Torments of Expectation”
“Subdue your appetites, my dears and you’ve conquered human nature.”

January 24, 2015

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“Sufficient Unto the Day:” The Complexities of Satiety
“Give us this day our day bread”–and a sense of fullness as well

December 30, 2014

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Of Epidemic Proportions: The Primary Colors of Obesity
A metaphor by any other name: the obesity epidemic

November 23, 2014

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Why Out of Sight Really Is Out of Mind
Research supports an underrated path to achieving your goals.

October 28, 2014

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When Healthy Eating Turns Unhealthy: Orthorexia Nervosa
Excessive preoccupation with food quality & a judgmental attitude toward others

September 27, 2014

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Holding a Mirror Up to “White Hat Bias” in Research
Mirror neurons, righteous zeal, and weight control

August 28, 2014

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A Bone of Contention: Osteoporosis and Weight
“Down to the bone” may have some new connotations: the bone-fat connection

July 21, 2014

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From the Frying Pan into the Fire? Saturated Fat and Health
Have we been misled about the evils of eating saturated fat for all these years?

June 14, 2014

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Down the Rabbit Hole: When Medication Leads to Weight Gain
A particularly vicious circle when prescription medication makes you fat

May 21, 2014

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“What Potions Have I Drunk?” Concerns about Diet Supplements
Are some so-called remedies for weight control worse than the disease?

April 26, 2014

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Fat Shaming and Stigmatization: How Far Is Too Far?
A debate rages over the use of shame in public health.

March 30, 2014

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The Puzzling Condition of Pre-diabetes
Dual citizenship in the “kingdom of the well” and in the “kingdom of the sick”

February 26, 2014

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“What Hath Night to Do with Sleep?” Night Eating Syndrome
The controversies about making a diagnosis of an eating disorder

January 25, 2014

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Healthy Obesity: An Oxymoron?
Are those who are healthy and obese really “patients-in-waiting”?

December 22, 2013

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The Myth of “Nutritional Precision:” What Do We Really Know
Reading between the lines: Twinkies, pink slime, and food quality illiteracy

November 13, 2013

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When the “Proof of the Pudding” is Not in the Eating
Waterproof, weatherproof, bulletproof, shatterproof, and now “Disease Proof”

October 15, 2013

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College Weight Gain: Debunking the Myth of the ‘Freshman 15’
How much weight do college students really gain in their freshman year?

September 10, 2013

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It’s Not Exactly Better Living Through Chemistry
Can environmental chemical pollutants lead to weight gain?

August 9, 2013

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‘When the Bough Breaks’: Excessive Weight Before Pregnancy
Guidelines on how much weight a pregnant woman should gain

July 5, 2013

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Great or Not Such Great Expectations: Weight Loss Goals
The goal-keepers: does it matter if your goals are ambitious or more realistic?

May 26, 2013

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Human Bondage: America’s Not So Magnificent Food Obsession
Four books on their authors’ personal struggles with our obesogenic environment

May 8, 2013

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Heavy: Uneasy Lies the Fat that Wears a Crown
The “crown-like structures” of dying white fat cells that ‘flesh is heir to’

April 26, 2013

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The Medicalization of Weight: Are We “Disease Mongering?”
The daunting science of weight control.

March 29, 2013

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The Hare and the Tortoise: Aesop’s Fable and Weight Loss
Does rapid weight loss necessarily lead to weight regain?

March 11, 2013

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Gut Reaction: Can G.I. Bacteria Cause Weight Gain or Loss?
Changing the flora of our intestinal tract to regulate weight

February 19, 2013

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Are We Sugar-Coating Sugar Substitutes?
There may be more artifice in artificial sweeteners than we realize

January 28, 2013

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The Obesity Paradox: Is There an Ideal Weight for Health?
Can that “lean and hungry look” actually be detrimental to your life expectancy?

January 5, 2013

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Top Ten Reasons Why We May All Be Getting Fatter
Will everyone in the U.S. eventually be either overweight or obese?

December 17, 2012

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Searching for Magic Bullets: Weight-Control Meds
Hope continues to spring eternal for magic elixirs that will lead to weight loss

November 27, 2012

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Weight Control: The Biological Brain,The Psychological Mind
How mind matters in weight control: piecing together puzzling questions

November 4, 2012

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Strengthening Ties that Bind: Weight Control
What determines who are the people successful at weight loss and maintenance?

October 10, 2012

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Weight: A Flu Shot in the Arm, A Shot in the Dark
Infection, the flu, and the immune response in obesity

September 23, 2012

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A Towering Babel: Structural Frameworks for Weight
Can we all speak the same language about obesity?

September 1, 2012

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Double-crossing the Double Helix: Weight & Genes
Metabolic imprinting and drifting through the “epigenetic landscape”

August 5, 2012

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Fatal Flaws: Determining Who Is Overweight and Who Is Obese
How flawed measurement may underestimate the true prevalence of obesity

July 11, 2012

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Supersizing and the Tyranny of the Soda Police?
“Consumption norms,” “portion distortion,” and the “completion compulsion.”

June 13, 2012

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A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Grapefruit Juice and Medication
Some fruit juices may not be for breakfast anymore.

May 31, 2012

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Special Delivery: What Can Brown (Fat) Do for You?
Newly discovered muscle hormone, irisin, has exciting potential for obesity.

May 12, 2012

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String Theory: Attaching Incentives to Assist in Weight Control
Generating motivation to lose weight and maintain the loss.

April 16, 2012

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Lead Us Not Into Temptation: The Neuroscience Behind the Marshmallow Test
What 40-year-old marshmallows can teach us about dieting

March 26, 2012

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What Exactly is Cellulite? The “Cottage Cheese” Thighs of Gynoid Lipodystropy
When this cottage cheese is definitely not “fat-free”

March 1, 2012

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Liposuction: The Most Unkindest Cut of All?
When to consider liposuction.

February 11, 2012

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An Unbearable Heaviness of Being: Considering Bariatric Surgery
When diet, exercise, and even medication are not enough

January 23, 2012

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Measure for Measure: A Madness in the Method for Studying Weight Control
Why don’t we know more about obesity than we do?

December 24, 2011

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A Time for Every Purpose Under the Sun: The New Science of Chronopharmacology
They say timing is everything, but for taking medication?

November 14, 2011

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We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident: The Obese Candidate for Elected Higher Office
Should morbid obesity disqualify a politician from seeking higher office?

October 2, 2011

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Calling a Spade a Spade: Does Your Physician’s Own Weight Matter?
Steering between the Scylla and Charybdis of weight discussions

May 24, 2011

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Frayed, Frazzled, at the End of Your Rope: Can Stress Cause Weight Gain?
Trying to cut one Gordian Knot of weight control

April 23, 2011

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A Glass Half Full or Half Empty: How Much Water Do We Really Need?
Water pollution and debunking the rule of eight.

March 14, 2011

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Strictly from Hunger: The ABCs of Insufficient Food
“Is there a right to food?”

February 11, 2011

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From Snake Pit to Snake Oil: Diet Regimens
Are we still “beating the insane to keep them quiet?”

January 13, 2011

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Sticker Shock: Can We Make Temptation Less Tempting?
Liking fries, not in spite of, but because they’re unhealthy

December 22, 2010

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‘Tis Better to Have Lost and Regained Than Never to Have Lost at All
The ups, downs, and spin on yo-yo dieting.

December 11, 2010

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The Body’s Damage Control: That’s the Way the Cookies Crumble
The fate of one chocolate chip.

December 5, 2010

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The “Holiday Creep:” Seasonal Weight Gain
During holidays, do we gain as much as we think?

November 28, 2010

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“Did You Ever See a Fat Squirrel?”
Not why are many overweight, but why is anyone thin?

November 22, 2010

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Playing Havoc with our Circadian Rhythms: “Light Pollution” and Weight
God said, “Let there be light,” but not so much!

November 19, 2010

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Sorting Through the Information Explosion about Weight Control
Casting a wider scholarly net amidst the expanding literature.

November 19, 2010

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