Fat news through July 15, 2016

Here’s the latest in our (roughly) weekly series, bringing you the latest news and research that affects us fatties.

July 8, 2016: A study finds that increased BMI is not associated with higher morbidity or mortality for hospitalized patients, whereas being underweight is an independent predictor for hospital complications.
http://drc.bmj.com/content/4/1/e000200.abstract

July 10, 2016: A market research firm claims that Americans are shifting their focus from weight loss and dieting to health, which is hurting the diet industry. One can only hope.
http://www.businessinsider.com/the-death-of-the-diet-industry-2016-7

July 12, 2016: Several past studies have shown a link between artificial sweeteners and increased appetite. Now, researchers in Australia show that these sweeteners trigger a neuronal fasting response, explaining the increased motivation to eat.
http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2016/07/why-do-artificial-sweeteners-increase-appetite
http://www.cell.com/cell-metabolism/abstract/S1550-4131(16)30296-0

July 13, 2016: A meta-analysis of 239 prospective studies on four continents shows increased mortality among overweight and obese people. Although people with chronic disease, smokers, and those who died in the first five years of the study were filtered out, there was no correction for other confounding variables such as socioeconomic status or ethnicity.
http://press.thelancet.com/BMI.pdf

July 14, 2016: A recent study finds that one in five “healthy” weight Americans has prediabetes, a sharp increase from 20 years prior. Although abdominal fat has also increased, it does not appear to be the primary cause of this.
http://news.health.com/2016/07/14/normal-weight-may-not-protect-against-diabetes
http://www.annfammed.org/content/14/4/304.short

July 15, 2016: Diet firm Herbalife gets hit with a $200 million fine for unfair and deceptive practices, and is told it needs to restructure its business. The fine is due to Herbalife operating like a pyramid scheme.
https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/07/herbalife-will-restructure-its-multi-level-marketing-operations

Fat news through May 29, 2016

News flashes to inspire flashes of anger and (alternatively) joy, as appropriate, from Tante Terri and me.

May 8, 2016: Lindy West talks about her life starting as a baby with an “off-the-charts” large head, growing up as a fat child, and finding herself as a fat adult, as she promotes her book Shrill.
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/may/08/perfect-body-lie-believed-long-time-let-shrink-my-life-lindy-west

May 18, 2016: The Succulent Six, a fabulous group of fat women from Toronto, did a photo shoot to celebrate International No Diet Day and create a visual message on fat acceptance and fighting food shaming.
http://www.bustle.com/articles/160487-this-fat-positive-group-is-fighting-food-shaming-in-the-most-awesome-ways-photos

May 19, 2016: Buzzfeed asks members why they stopped dieting, and here are some of the answers.
https://www.buzzfeed.com/sallytamarkin/why-people-stopped-dieting

May 20, 2016: Some viewers of UK TV show This Morning complain that the show is promoting obesity after an interview with Tess Holliday. (Tess was actually promoting body positivity, which we support.)
http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/672277/This-Morning-blasted-plus-sized-model-obesity-Tess-Holliday-Ruth-Langsford-Eamonn-Holmes

May 23, 2016: Facebook apologizes for banning an advertisement by Cherchez la Femme featuring a photo of Tess Holliday in a bikini because it depicts “body parts in an undesirable manner”.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/23/facebook-bans-photo-plus-sized-model-tess-holliday-ad-guidelines

May 23, 2016: Various scientists, doctors, and professors criticize a (non-peer reviewed) report by the National Obesity Forum that claims that adding more fat to one’s diet could cut obesity and type 2 diabetes.
http://www.bbc.com/news/health-36345768

May 25, 2016: A recent study finds that fat flyers are bothered more by the stigma they suffer when flying than by actual discomfort of small seats and seatbelts.
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160525140715.htm
http://jtr.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/04/27/0047287516643416.abstract

May 25, 2016: Based on self-reported data, a new report by the CDC estimates that 30.4% of the population (20 and over) are classified as obese, up slightly from 2014 (29.9%).
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3609879/Americans-never-fat-Obesity-levels-climb-citizens-clinically-overweight.html
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis/releases/released201605.htm#6

May 25, 2016: Skeptic Rebecca Watson misses the point on the news regarding The Biggest Loser, in stating that the research claimed that significant weight loss is impossible, rather than very rare. She also claims the study involves too small of a group, while ignoring that this study only adds to previous research on the subject of long term weight loss.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6v0FGscZ-8

May 29, 2016: Writing for The Irish Times, Muiris Houston calls into question the wisdom of using BMI as a measure of health, since the overweight classification is associated with a lower mortality rate than any other classification.
http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/health-family/the-muddy-waters-of-body-mass-index-bmi-1.2660175