Should Obesity Be Considered a Disease?

Here in the United States, there has been much discussion already about whether obesity should be recognized as a disease. Certainly, the health problems, conditions and diseases to which obesity contributes strongly are a major health cost factor and consideration. Now, the medical and health systems and practitioners in the United Kingdom can no longer… Continue reading Should Obesity Be Considered a Disease?

Podcast: Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance #1 – More is Not Better, Better is Better!

Today, I’m sharing the first of my “Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance.” These didn’t happen by accident. These Essential Laws were developed through observation and analysis, careful review of my work and that of others and trial and error. Law #1 may be the most important one to remember. Join me as I… Continue reading Podcast: Essential Laws of Strength, Fitness and Performance #1 – More is Not Better, Better is Better!

5 Surefire Ways To Be a Crappy Coach Or Trainer

As an observer of the fitness profession, as well as fitness professionals, it looks to me like there are plenty of fitness coaches – strength coaches, youth fitness coaches, personal trainers and coaches all over our field – who are trying to be terrible. Maybe they’re really not, but it sure as heck looks that… Continue reading 5 Surefire Ways To Be a Crappy Coach Or Trainer

New Parenthood Leads to Increased Produce Purchases

In the United States, both children and adults eat too few fruits and vegetables, which puts them at risk for poor diet quality and adverse health consequences. A new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, published by Elsevier, found new parents increased their spending on produce in middle- and high-income households. “Although… Continue reading New Parenthood Leads to Increased Produce Purchases

Is Coffee an Obesity-Fighter?

Scientists from the University of Nottingham have discovered that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate ‘brown fat’, the body’s own fat-fighting defenses, which could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetes. The pioneering study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to be carried out in humans to… Continue reading Is Coffee an Obesity-Fighter?

How Did Humans Become the “Fat Apes?”

How did humans get to be so much fatter than our closest primate relatives, despite sharing 99% of the same DNA? A new study suggests that part of the answer may have to do with an ancient molecular shift in how DNA is packaged inside fat cells, which curbed our body’s ability to turn ‘bad’… Continue reading How Did Humans Become the “Fat Apes?”

According to Big Data, Your Food is Too Sweet

New research from the Monell Center analyzed nearly 400,000 food reviews posted by Amazon customers to gain real-world insight into the food choices that people make. The findings reveal that many people find the foods in today’s marketplace to be too sweet. “This is the first study of this scale to study food choice beyond… Continue reading According to Big Data, Your Food is Too Sweet