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 (Photo by Marina Komolova) As our readers may have noticed, Travis has been solely carrying the Obesity Panacea load, while I have been a bit absent since my PhD defense. As some of you may know, I am taking the summer off to travel through South America with my partner, Marina, who also just defended…

While we regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and…

A few weeks ago Peter wrote about the Acai Berry Scam, and reader izzlecanoe made an interesting comment: But I do find it annoying that alongside your posts are advertisements for the very products you are exposing. Can science blogs be persuaded not to allow advertising from such woo pushers. She was seconded by Jim…

Sorry for the absence the past few days – I am just back from the Bluenose Marathon Weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  My girlfriend and I have a lot of family and friends in Halifax, so the race was a great excuse to spend the May long weekend visiting with them.  Daun and I ran…

Does this look “normal” to you? A significant number of overweight and obese individuals believe their body weight to be appropriate or normal and are satisfied with their body size. Misperception of overweight status is most common among the poor vs wealthy, African Americans vs white Americans, and men vs women. The unfortunate consequence is…

The following post was originally published on Obesitypanacea.com on October 7, 2009. As many of our readers know, I performed my MSc under the direction of Dr Bob Ross at Queen’s University (Peter recently completed his PhD in the same lab).  Dr Ross is a world leader in the measurement of body fat and body…

Image by MikeBaird. Last week ParticipACTION and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) released recommendations for updated Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines.  The previous guidelines were released between 1998 and 2002, and although they were based on the best research available at the time, from what I understand there simply wasn’t a tremendous amount of…

While we regularly post lengthy discussions on Obesity Panacea, there are many research updates, news stories, videos, etc. in the field of obesity, physical activity and nutrition that we come across on a daily basis that never grace the pages of the blog. Most of these mini-stories we share with our followers on Twitter, and…

Photo credit: Jeff Cronin In the recent past both Travis and I have taken a jab or two at the evolving acai berry craze, whether it was making fun of celebrities (i.e. Rachael Ray) who endorse it or by critiquing weight-loss products based on the magical berry (i.e. AcaiBurn). Apparently, we were onto something.  …

ICPAPH 2010 – A Recap

The Toronto Charter for Physical Activity As many of you know, I spent last week attending the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public.  It. Was. Awesome!  I’ve been to 5-6 conferences since I started grad school in 2006, and they’ve all been good experiences, but this one was by far the best.  And…