Obesity Panacea

Travis Saunders

Some unfortunate, but probably unsurprising news today – Peter and I have decided that we will no longer be publishing Obesity Panacea on Scienceblogs.  Future posts will be found on our new site at http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypancea.  We have come to this decision for a number of reasons, but the recent PepsiCo advertorial played the largest part. …

Image by thebittenword.com Last year I posted results from a study which suggest that having a breakfast high in fibre may be more satiating for a smaller number of calories, and thus may be one important way to help manage hunger and thus caloric intake. Today I came across another new study which suggests that…

PepsiCo Food Frontiers

Regular readers of the Scienceblogs network will know that a new “advertorial” blog run by Pepsi has just been opened up on the network.  Since then, we’ve lost at least 2 of my favourite bloggers (here and here).  I’m actually on a self-imposed blog break at the moment (the posts this week were scheduled a…

Today we have Scibling Showdown # 2 – the pros and cons of grad school.  This episode includes Jason Goldman of the Thoughtful Animal, Christie Wilcox of Observations of a Nerd and Scicurious of Neurotopia.  We talk about how we chose our current labs, things we wish we had known before we started grad school,…

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day!  It looks like a pretty nice day here in the capital as well as the rest of the country – a great chance to get in some physical activity with your friends and family!  Enjoy the long weekend! Travis

When many people set out to exercise, they do so with the primary goal of losing fat mass. There is much advice floating around about how to optimize or maximize fat loss during exercise; one of the most commonly touted is that of the fat burning zone. Essentially, it is suggested that when performing aerobic…

Image by shanevaughn Today is the first day of summer vacation here in Ontario, and I assume that the summer break has begun in most other parts of North America as well.  That means that millions of kids are looking at 8 gloriously school-free weeks in July and August.  Now while physical activity promotion folks…

By now, readers of Obesity Panacea have hopefully learned that excess weight is not directly predictive of health risk, and that excess fat mass is not in itself unhealthy. Recall that approximately 30% of individuals who are classified as obese by their body weight turn out to be metabolically healthy, and in fact seem not…

Image by thienzieyung Most people know that consuming too much fat, and especially saturated fat, is bad for your health.  That’s why there has been a concerted push for several decades to get people to reduce the amount of saturated fat that they consume, and to replace it with complex carbohydrates.  Now unfortunately people often…

Image by love janine. Although this may surprise some of our readers, I really like junk food. I eat far too much pizza, I love chicken wings, and Nutella, the original chocolate hazelnut spread, is one of my favourite breakfast condiments (it’s tasty on a bagel, but its unbeatable inside a fresh crepe with whipped…