There are two crises – other than political and covid-19 – that America, and maybe the modern, Westernized world in general, though also the rest of the world everywhere, must face that will destroy humankind: obesity and diet. And the fitness community, especially us professionals, has to accept our roles as potential solutions and causes.Read More
REAL News – June 2019
June 2019 Do Kids’ Fitness and Fatness Affect Academics? Most studies that compare kids’ academic performance to their cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF), motor function (MF) and body composition (BC) are cross-sectional. As other posts have noted, kids’ fitness affects future outcomes, as in this and this. That is, they compare groups of kids at a single momentRead More
The Sounds of Obesity
I remember the fad of the record album of my college days that gave potheads- of which I was NOT one (really, ask anyone on my freshman floor) – a mellow thrill: recordings of the humpback whales. Stoned, they’d express youthful ‘wows’ as if the combination of science and THC took them to another level.Read More
On Fatness, Genes and Real Life
A post-New Year article in Bloomberg Opinion addressed a topic that invariably arises in early January, in the US at least: how can I drop the holiday weight I’ve gained? It addressed the issue less from how to lose it than why some gain more of it. The article was based on the research of Dr.MaryRead More
REAL News – October 2018
October 2018 When Hip Structure Compromises Hip Motion A more recent diagnostic of hip deformity, along with a more recent surgical procedure to manage it (thanks to the work of a Nashville orthopedist), has helped explain a lot of athletes’, and even non-athletes’, groin pain. Called femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), it is essentially a recognitionRead More
Obesity Ain’t What You Think It Oughta Be
A fascinating, lay article in the Huffington Post, with the catchy title, “Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong“, attempts to offer readers a simple, and emotionally moving, synopsis of obesity science. It is heartbreaking at times as interviewees often express lifelong feelings of pain and shame, and society and the medical community don’t help.Read More
Deflection Points: When Behavioral Eating Can Be Fatal!!!
How’s that for a headline? Grabs your attention, don’t it? But that’s how mass media, especially on line media, operates: it tries to grab eyeballs. Even researchers do so by titling their articles accordingly – either catchy, kitschy or catastrophically. But if you read them carefully, you will often see the big clue that it’sRead More
Another Theory on Why Some Folks Are Obese?
Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when, again, so many of us promise that we’re going to shed excess weight by eating righter or better or less – nah, nobody actually commits to the latter – and exercise more. As a gym owner, you might think I would be one of those who’dRead More