Obesity through thick and thin


Fat, that staple of health writers everywhere, claimed even more ink in Wednesday’s papers with the appearance of the April 5 JAMA. Inside were two faces of the issue–calorie restriction (at last, a hint of evidence that it does some things in humans that seem beneficial, though the study lasted only six months) and the obesity epidemic (yes, it’s still happening, though there is a bright spot).

Several outlets picked up Lindsey Tanner’s AP story on calorie restriction, while others went with Mike Stobbe’s AP piece on the epidemic. And, of course, a few of the, well, fatter newspapers went with both stories.

A few staffed it themselves with varying emphases:

Rob Stein at the Washington Post found hope in one JAMA study’s finding that the obesity epidemic among women has plateaued.

Another one here.