Media reaction to our maintain, don’t gain study

Here’s a collection of recent media responses to the release of our new study on the “maintain, don’t gain” obesity treatment approach.


NBC News: Study offers new way to diet: Just don’t gain

Duke Today: Maintain, Don’t Gain: A New Way To Fight Obesity

Medpage Today: Weight Control, Not Loss, Is Winning Strategy



Huffington Post: New Approach For Black Women’s Battle Against Obesity: ‘Maintain, Don’t Gain …

Fox News: Program may help black women avoid weight gain

Medscape: Behavioral Intervention Prevents Weight Gain in Black Women

LA Times: For black women, weight maintenance may be the best goal

U.S. News & World Report: Maintain, Don’t Gain’ May Work Best for Obese Black Women

The Grio: Focusing on weight loss may not be effective

Medical News Today: Weight control not weight loss strategy works better

Everyday Health: Maintain Weight Instead of Trying to Lose, Study of Black Women Suggests

WUNC: For African American Women, Maintaining Weight Is More Practical …

UPI: Researchers urge: ‘Maintain, don’t gain,’ weight

HHS HealthBeat: Maintain, don’t gain

BET: Should Black Women Focus on Maintaining Weight for Better Health?

Women’s Health Mag: The New Weight-Loss Strategy: Just Don’t Gain Weight

Reuters: Program may help black women avoid weight gain

Science Daily: Intervention Appears Effective to Prevent Weight Gain Among Disadvantaged Women

Healio: Shape Program effective for obese postmenopausal black women 







Another example of consumer demand in action

It’s slow, unwieldy, unpredictable and health scientists know very little about how to influence it. But, shifts in consumer demand produce change. Change that would otherwise be hard to promote.

Yesterday’s example.

And, today’s.

“We’re not only thinking about making great-tasting foods but about the nutrition guidelines we need to deliver on,” said Greg Creed, chief executive of Taco Bell, referring to the company’s pledge to bring one-third of the meal options in its restaurants into compliance with the federal dietary guidelines by 2020. “This is a huge change in mind-set.”



Do restaurants need warning labels?

Nice piece describing a new Tuft’s study. It found:

An average [restaurant] meal contained two to three times the estimated caloric needs of an adult for a single meal, and 66 percent of typical daily calorie requirements.

Translation: restaurant food is fattening.

That’s not new news per se. We’ve known for a while that obesity rates are being driven heavily by the increasing amount of foods that we consume away from home. This study just shows the size of the problem.

I’ve been wondering about this a lot lately.My favorite local restaurant has a chef’s table that overlooks its kitchen. For some reason, the table isn’t very popular, so my wife and I can sit for hours watching and eating (and then, tipping well). The organized chaos of a restaurant kitchen is something to behold. So much said between cooks, much more left unsaid, and lots and lots of butter. And salt. In everything. Fish? Add butter and salt. Chicken? Butter and salt. Veggies? Butter. Oh, and salt.

Apparently, this is why nothing tastes as good when I make it at home. It’s also why I’ll stay employed for a while.

h/t to @notestoerica

Your job may be killing you

No, I’m not link baiting again. If your job requires you to sit for long periods, it may indeed be killing you.

An interesting new study from Australia reports the frightening health effects of sitting. Their conclusion:

Prolonged sitting is significantly associated with higher all-cause mortality risk independent of physical activity.

Translation: Sitting seems to hurt health, whether you’re active or not. However, physically inactive sitters seem to have the highest death rates.

The study also reported:

The population-attributable fraction of sitting time suggested that sitting was responsible for 6.9% of deaths.

Translation: Sitting isn’t a huge death driver, but it’s an easy one to change.

Another bitter [weight loss] pill?

Ratte frisst

There is fascinating new evidence showing that the widely used cancer drug, Sunitinib, might be effective for weight reduction. At least in mice. The drug seems to reduce fat mass (the part you pinch), while retaining lean body mass. There will be lots of excitement about these findings, as always seems to be the case when new drug evidence emerges. But be cautious. The road to the $500b obesity drug is littered with the remnants of many [ineffective, dangerous, and costly] aspirants.

“Healthier” chikin salads?

It seems that Chick-Fil-A is soon releasing a new, “healthier” line of salads.

The new salads look great. They’ll start at $6.79 and will have “two or more servings of vegetables or fruit,” (well that’s good, because it’s a salad). Sans dressing, the salads will come in at 180-430 calories.

That’s quite an improvement over the current salads, which range from 220-450 calories.

I’m not knocking Chick-Fil-A for calling these salads “healthy.” That’s probably true, compared to their other menu items. But the “health[ier]” fast food product is rarely also good for one’s waistline. Add dressing (which range from 15-160 calories) and from a weight perspective, you might as well have eaten the chicken sandwich.

Do food deserts stay dry?

Interesting new piece from Kimberly Morland and colleagues that looks at how the Brooklyn retail food environment changed during 2007-2011.

Key finding: lots of smaller food stores closed, many of those were replaced by new stores, and this was all more likely to happen in lower income and racial/ethnic minority neighborhoods.

What does this mean for obesity? We don't know yet.

Having supermarkets nearby might be a driver of diet quality, but there is less evidence that they impact obesity. There's even less evidence that changing the retail environment (e.g. opening a new supermarket) will lead to changes in resident's eating behaviors. This doesn't mean that we shouldn't consider policy solutions to improve food deserts, but it's clear that their impact on our waistlines isn't as straightforward as we might expect.

Webinar on implementation science, mHealth, and disparities

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I was really pleased to deliver a talk yesterday as part of the NCI Webinar Series on Advanced Topics for Implementation Science Research.  My presentation is based on a paper our team published last year, detailing our use of the RE-AIM framework to guide the development and evaluation of Be Fit, Be Well — a 2-year trial of a digital health intervention for weight loss and hypertension management in community health centers. The talk video will be up soon, but in the meantime, you can find the presentation slides here.