CIHI report on obesity in Canada: good data but wrong messages

CIHI report on obesity in Canada: good data but wrong messages

While I like the report for detailing the complexity of obesity determinants and describing the 3 categories of interventions for prevention and treatment with successfull examples of strategies, I found the press release communication strategy a pity.

The press communique insisted mainly on already well known prevalence of obesity instead of the much more interesting determinants and proposed solutions.  It also stated on this wrong supposition that putting all the population on 15 more min of physical activity or on more fruits and vegetables would save lives and resorb obesity. Non sense.

This is what happen when statisticians knowing obviously nothing about physiology talk about statistics, because it is meaningless for the audience. This was obvious when CIHI was interviewed before me to a popular radio show on radio-canada. I tried to catch up on more meaningfull messages thereafter.

Among many interesting factors associated to obesity like the effect of family meals, eating breakfast,  or eating in front of television, I noticed that high alcohol consumption is absolutely not related to obesity in man but even protective in women! I always suspected that. Talking about calories, alcohol is not like other calories coming from sugar or fat, because it must be metabolyzed first into the liver before joining again other substrates into the circulation.

I was also pleased that such report supported the importance of physical activiyy as a major (if not the most important) determinant of prevention of weight gain, a position I have been defending over the years.

Obesity Research and Prevention News Review: June 3, 2011

in collaboration with the Canadian Obesity Network  (CON)  and The Research Chair in Obesity from Université Laval
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Previous  edition Obesity Research and Prevention News Review: Vol 9 no 14: May 18, 2011

 Epidemiology- Evaluation                                                   
Persistent increase of prevalence of metabolic syndrome among U.S. adults 18 May

Etiology – Determinants                                                      
Why Hyperleptinaemia is Not Leptin Resistance Arya Sharma 19 May
Review: weight loss is a compromise between metabolic benefits and its allostatic effects promoting weight regain  June 3

JP Chaput-A Tremblay
Why Are Americans Getting Fatter? [Infographic]: 30 May
Fast Food, Portion Size, HFCS, Sweetened beverages
Complications                                                                 
Low-Carb, Higher-Fat Diets Add No Arterial Health Risks to Obese People Seeking to Lose Weight…  3 June
Trans-palmitoleic acid, metabolic risk factors, and new-onset diabetes in U.S. adults: a cohort study.   25 May MyHealthyWaist
Treatment                                                      
Using Leptin to Treat Obesity Arya M Sharma 20 May
Epic Serie of 5 articles on supporting bariatric surgery from Arya M. Sharma  24-28 May
Epic Serie of 5 articles on Why Bariatric Surgery Can Fail from Arya M. Sharma   May 30- June 3

Management                                                          
Lowering Fat Intake Might Stave Off Diabetes Even Without Weight Loss  20 May
CON-Report: Canadians struggle to find credible weight management information  17 May
VIDEO: Drs. Hu, Bray, Popkin talk about the deleterious impacts of SSBs on the obesity…  MyHealthyWaist 30 May
Why is it so Hard to Maintain a Reduced Body Weight?  18 May

 Policy – Prevention – Regulations                                
VIDEO: Sugar sweetened beverages taxation: : 29 May CIHR Research Chair in Obesity
interview with Roberta Friedman @YaleRuddCenter
VIDEO: Drs. Hu, Bray, Popkin talk about the deleterious impacts of SSBs on the obesity…  27 May
EDITORIAL: Shifting to Second Gear in Obesity Prevention A. Sharma 29 May

 Children-Pediatrics                                               
Canadian Kids Do Not Have the Skills Needed to be Physically Active  18 May
by Meghann Lloyd, University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Multi-Disciplinary Team Look At Childhood Obesity Which Is So Much More Than Over-Eating June 1
Kids Should Not Consume Energy Drinks, And Rarely Need Sports Drinks, Says AAP 30 May

 Nutrition – Diet                                                        
Only Eight Percent Follow Restrictive Diets (e.g. Dukan, Atkins) Or Weight Control Programs (e.g. Jenny Craig, Weight … 18 May
USA Dietary Guidelines 2010 Messages for consumers
low salt food, no sugary drinks, small portions, ++F&V, grains: 50% whole grains, lower fat milk
The new icon for eating guidelines. the food plate to understand portion sizes. USDA’s MyPlate – June 2
exit US Food Pyramid
COMMENTS: Deconstructing the USDA’s new food plate: @marionnestle June 2

 Physical Activity- Sedentarity                                   –
Report updates the evidence on food, nutrition and physical activity and the prevention of colorectal cancer :  27 May

In the last 50y, occupation-energy expenditure decreased by 100 cal/d accounting part of the increase in body weights: 29 May

 Behaviour – Consumption                                          
Healthy diet score: F&L >4,5 cups/d, Fish>2x 3,6 oz /week, Fiber 30g/d, Sodium <1500 mg/d, sugar-sweetened beverages <450 kcal-36oz a week!
The Real Problem With Fast Food: Eating a lot in a Short Period of Time  28 May

Eating Behavior and Obesity at Chinese Buffets  article by Wansink in Obesity 27 May
About ‘emotional’ eating « Weight Maven:  18 May