Last night I attended the first event in the brand new, monstrous US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (a bit humorous that the first event is for a soccer match and not a football game, but I digress…). An impressive 65,000 people came out to watch Chelsea versus AC Milan, a clash between two of Europe’s […]Read more "McDonald’s uses kids as their personal billboard at international soccer match"
Post hoc ergo propter hoc. Anyone up on their Latin? It’s a logical fallacy meaning, “after therefore because of.” In other words, we often misinterpret “B” as the result of “A” simply because “B” occurs after “A.” So instead of identifying “A” and “B” as sequential, we claim “A” is causative of “B.” Okay, all these letters […]Read more "“After” doesn’t always mean “because of”"
In discussions about how to improve health, we have two potential starting points: the evidence on that particular health topic or the message we want to convey about said health topic. Call it a chicken or egg example. Starting point #1: Do we create our message (and its subsequent communications and advocacy strategy) and then go […]Read more "Evidence or message: Which comes first?"
In 2009, a group of the world’s largest and most powerful food and beverage companies banded together to make a voluntary pledge of reducing calories in the US food supply. This group of now 16 food and beverage companies, which control about 25% of the US food supply, formed the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. It […]Read more "A lesson in how major food and beverage companies influence public perceptions about obesity"
What’s the downside of intense screen and digital media exposure on infants, children, and teens? The upside of technology gets a lot of attention. And rightly so. Technology’s potential impact is without question, whether in health, development, economic opportunity, civic engagement, government, and connectedness. Change happens fast, and it’s only getting faster and larger (see […]Read more "Is the extent of kids’ exposure to screens and digital media cause for concern?"
The childhood obesity epidemic is showing no signs of slowing down. Though some data suggest trends may be leveling off within certain groups, overweight and obesity is still a massive public health issue. Between 1999 and 2012, the percentage of overweight 2-19 year-olds increased from 28.7% to 32.2%. Obesity also increased about 3 percentage points […]Read more "How can pediatricians help prevent obesity?"
Any time a current or past president makes comments about health my ears perk up. Health doesn’t always enjoy such a prominent spot in the limelight compared to issues like jobs and the economy. But there is one health issues that’s attracted the attention and political muscle of the current President, and former President Bill […]Read more "A lesson in spinning health facts from a past president"