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Is Butter Really Back?

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz I generally appreciate the work and writing of New York Times columnist, Mark Bittman.  But on one prior occasion, I was obligated to highlight his erroneous interpretation of an epidemiologic study about sugar, obesity, and diabetes.  Mr. Bittman responded cordially and graciously when I pointed out his error, [...]

By | March 28th, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Chewing through Headlines

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz No, it is not suddenly good to eat more saturated fat- and the new study grabbing headlines this past week showed no such thing. The new study, a meta-analysis the Annals of Internal Medicine, really shows the following two things: (1) there is more than one way to [...]

By | March 21st, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Drowning in Calories

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz Among the more contentious issues regarding health and weight control is the role of personal responsibility.  Unfortunately, this readily devolves into discord, because the cultural tendency of our time is to denigrate those with whom we disagree, and hunker down in our distal, opposing corners.  Just take a [...]

By | March 14th, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Childhood Obesity: Have we turned the tide?

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz The media headlines attached to the major medical news story of the past week might have been: “Shocking but True: nearly 1 in 10 US children UNDER THE AGE OF 5 is obese!”  Had that been the headline, it would indeed have been every bit as true as [...]

By | February 28th, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Gills, Pills, and Obesity Genes

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz Two new studies, published on-line last week in JAMA Pediatrics, may have us fired up yet again about the genetic variation to blame for obesity.  But then again, is that really the problem? One of the studies examined variation in food and satiety responses, which we may summarize [...]

By | February 21st, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Sweet Heart

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz Just in time for Valentine’s Day, epidemiology has given “sweetheart” a whole new meaning with a study demonstrating an association between sugar intake and heart disease. In deference to the holiday, we might repine the prosaic dispassion of epidemiologists inclined to replace boxes of chocolates with prescriptions for [...]

By | February 14th, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Fortification Follies

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz A paper published on-line on January 27in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) highlights the importance of nutrient fortification to the diets of our children.  The researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to determine the [...]

By | February 7th, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Kindergarten and Karma

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz As one of the judges for US News & World Report’s “best diet” report for the past several years, my most consistent and adamant concern has been: what about family?  Dieting is an infamously go-it-alone endeavor.  People eat with their families; but they “diet” without them. This is [...]

By | January 31st, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments

Choices

Preventive Medicine Column Dr. David L. Katz We tend to find the patterns we are seeking.  The image of Jesus in a grilled cheese sandwich comes to mind.  He has, apparently, turned up in shower mold as well.  Those might be miracles, but I am guessing they are more like the constellations: a bit of [...]

By | January 24th, 2014|Categories: Blog, DNSFP, Dr. Katz Blog|0 Comments