A. Picazo: Carleton’s unbalanced approach to wellness

This op-ed appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on March 14, 2017. It’s hard to overstate the naïveté at the heart of Carleton University’s initial decision to remove the scale from its fitness room at the athletic centre. The move, ostensibly “keeping with current fitness and social trends,” sought to promote a “more holistic” approach to fitness, body image and ...

Things Are Good: Don’t Exercise To Lose Weight

There are many people who are struggling with their weight, in fact there are now more obese people than underweight people. The good news is that there are fewer malnourished people now than in previous years. In the developed world obesity rates are high because of the surplus of calories available to people. Now people ...

ParliamANT Hill: Wacky Wednesday on ParliamAnt Hill

Inspired by these headlines: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/fair-elections-act-draws-more-heat-in-question-period-1.2604045   and  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trade-minister-ed-fast-accused-of-targeting-ndp-mp-with-gun-gesture-1.2604588

Melissa Fong: Children, health and the medical fools who focus on BMI

Who are these fools that believe it’s okay to measure a child’s BMI (Body Mass Index), label them as overweight and decide to call it a day because they think they taught someone about health? “[A] paper published today by the American Academy of Pediatrics argues that weighing and measuring the height of schoolchildren and sending letters ...

Things Are Good: Eat Early for Best Calorie Burning Results

If you tend to eat early in the day you are more likely to burn weight than people who eat later on in the day. A study recently looked into timing of meals between groups of people in Spain and the USA and found that those who ate their largest meal of the day before ...