• Sound Medicine – How can we fight obesity at a societal level?

    Are you tired of the interminable waiting for the Supreme Court decision on the ACA? Are you irritated that the methods used to release these decisions seem more appropriate to the 19th century than the 21st? Me too.

    Here’s something to distract you.

    Sound Medicine is a radio show produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio. In the last few years, I’ve become their go-to guy on health policy. So, for those of you who would find your day brightened by the sound of my voice, enjoy the following:

    The Institute of Medicine recently released its report on obesity, and the outlook is not good from a public health perspective. The Institute of Medicine concluded that the obesity epidemic is deeply engrained in our culture, and extreme public policy measures will have to be taken to properly confront the crisis. “Sound Medicine” frequent public health policy contributor Aaron Carroll, M.D., discusses the report and the barriers in our culture that impede healthy eating habits. Also, he shares potential public policy changes such as a soda tax and regulating school lunches that would fight obesity at a systemic level.

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    • Soda and school lunches are important but has anybody thought about visual marketing? What about all the overweight/obese images of people in advertising and TV? I understand that some of this is a pendulum swing away from the anorexic super models, but seeing obese people in ads and on TV normalizes that vision, which is not ok. There is a delicate balance between creating a visual understanding of normal weight and making pariahs of the obese, but accepting obesity as a new normal is not ok either.