I just wrote for Broadsheet about a new study that found specific genes associated with determining when puberty begins for girls (and in one case, boys), which throws at least a small monkey wrench into the theory that the Evils of Modern Society (hormones in our food, pesticides, childhood obesity) are messing up little girls, … Continue reading Genetic link found among shortness, fatness, and early puberty
We talk a lot here about how mental health is just as important as physical health. This is often in the service of pointing out that even if losing weight were in and of itself a healthy goal -- and there's plenty of evidence that things aren't that simple, and that in fact the pursuit … Continue reading The nocebo effect
There are about a gazillion things we've missed in the last week, so it's round-up time. First, though, I have a favor to ask of anyone who can swing it. Al's friend Peter lost his job last July. He and his partner of 20+ years, Ericka, are now in danger of losing their house -- … Continue reading Read ‘Em
Several of you have alerted us to news about a study of an "obesity virus" that, when caught, appears to increase the number of fat cells in the body. (Long-time readers may remember that fat was already contagious through the power of magical thinking.) Now, I haven't read the original study; I have no idea … Continue reading Fat is contagious again
Back up the Duh Truck: Researchers at the University of Alabama have discovered that if you treat the patient you have, instead of the one you think might be prettier, you end up with better outcomes. In other news, fat asses can't fit in a size 4 pant, that and 25 cents will no longer … Continue reading Tell me again about how it’s fat that’ll kill you?
The Rotund points out a recent Reuters article about how clinically obese women are less likely to be screened for cervical, breast, and colorectal cancer. And of course, researchers and journalists just can't imagine why. It's not certain why obese women are less likely to get these screening tests, as few studies have been designed … Continue reading Reality Check: Why Don’t Fat Women Get Checked for Cancer of the Nasty Bits?
Roni Caryn Rabin is quickly becoming the fatosphere's new best friend, perhaps the more wired-in version of Gina Kolata. On the heels of the fatosphere article, Rabin linked to SP/F-word side project First, Do No Harm in a Washington Post article on fat prejudice in medicine and the assumptions that doctors make about their fat … Continue reading Quick hit: WaPo on fat prejudice in medicine