Any clinician who’s cared for individuals with obesity can attest to how variable the causes and consequences of excess weight can be and that the body mass index is only a proxy, indirect measure of health status. Continue reading
Historically, clinical researchers conducted their research “on subjects” rather than “with participants”. Beyond terminology, this difference reflects a philosophical shift and evolution in how clinical research is conceptualized, planned, and conducted. Continue reading
Why do people gain weight? Why is it difficult to maintain weight loss over time? What are the factors (big and small) that impact energy balance? Continue reading
People rely on numerous sources of information to inform decisions in health and health services, including clinical experience, respected colleagues, or data from the ‘latest and greatest’ randomized controlled trial. Continue reading
At this time of year, academic journals receive new, updated information about their Impact Factor (IF). which is used as a proxy marker of a journal’s prestige. Although this metric has been criticized …often… in general, the higher the IF, the more prestigious the journal. When information about a new IF is positive (has increased), this usually leads journals to circulate promotional emails or purchase online ads to tout the journals’ success and prominence. This was recently the case for Paediatrics and Child Health, the official journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society.
Many children with obesity do not present with cardiometabolic risk factors, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insulin resistance. Continue reading
Few things are more gratifying for a clinical researcher than knowing that your research had a direct impact on clinical care. Continue reading