This is the Weight and Healthcare newsletter! If you appreciate the content here, please consider supporting the newsletter by subscribing and/or sharing! First, thanks to everyone who was concerned about the nature of this New York Times article and contacted me about it (there are more than 250 of you so far!)
Holy moly, this is a dumpster fire. From the author to the doctors to the drug companies… I think healthcare will get a lot worse before it gets better. I hadn’t seen this article so thanks for this breakdown.
The book “Bad Pharma” by Ben Goldacre talks about how easily-influenced doctors are by the media and a shiny sales pitch delivered by a young, thin former cheerleader bearing sandwiches (not even joking)… all of these doctors are absolutely 100% biased, 100% bought and paid for by the weight loss industry.
Thank you so much for this. I remember the last time I read a Kolata piece that was utterly glowing about weight loss drugs and was shocked since I associate her with her HAES leaning book that I only vaguely remember reading. (But I have always HATED the cover art!) I didn't read this most recent piece because by now I recognize that she doesn't care about reducing weight stigma, she cares about promoting the eradication of fat bodies with articles that may as well be written by the Novo Nordisk PR team. I have been looking forward to your response and it did not disappoint! She is shameful.
I am a T2 diabetic, fat, and control my blood sugar via low carb eating — current A1C is 4.9. I ran across this concerning article today — thanks to Pharma, weight loss is being promoted as equal in importance to glucose control! https://www.diabetesdaily.com/blog/type-2-diabetes-experts-weight-loss-is-almost-always-more-important-than-glucose-control-700354/