Huh? or YEAH!

I’ve said before that the internet is full of questionable cancer prevention advice.  The truth is, the internet is full of weak science from questionable sources.  (For a nice discussion of how to evaluate someone’s “expertise” – check out this post from Dr. Lauren Streicher.) I often open my computer (or Twitter feed) and find myself saying “HUH? What the heck!?!” about some posting.

But just as often, I find myself saying “YEAH! That’s a GREAT point! I’m glad someone made it!”

Here are a couple “YEAH!” posts from people well qualified to be experts on the topics they discuss:

Dr. Sherry Pagoto is one of my favorite tweeps – she is a clinical psychologist and runs a highly regarded weight management program.  She’s also funny and has great blog. One of her recent posts was titled, “Why Ice Cream SHOULD Be In Your Weight Loss Plan.”  Now you might think this should be a “HUH?” post, but if you read it the logic is incredibly sound.  Denying ourselves the things we like (and ice cream has always been one of my favorite treats) during weight loss is more likely to lead us to fall off the wagon.  Dr. Pagoto’s approach is about small progressive changes that will lead to long term success.  SMART stuff.

Dr. Gary Bennett recently published a study advocating that people not eat less, they just not eat more.  Given how much time I spend talking about the role that obesity plays in causing cancer and worsening survival for cancer patients, you might thing that would be another “HUH?” post for me.  Several years ago, Bennett founded (and serves as Director of ) the Duke Obesity Prevention Program.  Dr. Bennett knows a LOT about weight loss (and how hard it is to lose weight – particularly for those in underserved communities) and does a lot of work in weight loss so he’s not “anti weight loss”.  But given how unsuccessful most weight loss studies in the literature have been at achieving and sustaining weight loss (which is what we need to prevent chronic diseases), Dr. Bennett’s approach of preventing additional weight gain is both incredibly innovative and well supported by the science.  SMART stuff.