Obesity Panacea is written by two obesity researchers: Peter Janiszewski, PhD, and Travis Saunders, PhD, CEP.
While working together at Queen’s University, Peter and I were constantly discussing, or more accurately, ranting about, the latest weight loss gimmick that we had seen on television, online or in print. While some of these gimmicks (like the Hawaii Chair) were hilarious and clearly ridiculous, we worried that these products were distracting people from the health behaviours that actually work. We had recently started reading the blogs of Dr Arya Sharma and Dr Yoni Freedhoff, two Canadian physicians working in the field of obesity, and decided that a blog would be a fun way for us to speak-out about about all of these gimmicks.
Obesity Panacea began as a way to educate people about the science (or lack thereof) behind popular weight loss products, and has grown to include discussions of the latest news and research regarding obesity, nutrition and physical activity. Previous posts have ranged from discussions of Acai Berry and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin to the links between breast size and diabetes risk and simple ways to incorporate physical activity into daily life. There is a tremendous amount of misinformation and social baggage surrounding obesity, nutrition, and physical activity (most of which is only exacerbated by mainstream news media), and as researchers who study these very topics we feel that it is our responsibility to bring scientific evidence to the public discourse.
We are absolutely thrilled to be joining this new PLoS BLOGS community, and we’re looking forward to getting to know our fellow Ploggers! PLoS has done great work in promoting science through Open Access, and we share their passion for making science as accessible as possible to the public as possible. You can find our archives at ObesityPanacea.com, as well as Obesity Panacea on Scienceblogs.
About the Authors
Travis Saunders has PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada. Travis completed his BSc (Hon) in Kinesiology at the University of Calgary, where he was awarded the Gold Medal for the highest academic proficiency in his class. His PhD studies focused on the relationship between sedentary behaviour and metabolic risk in children and youth, and was supported by a Doctoral Research Awards from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Diabetes Association, as well as an Excellence Award from the University of Ottawa. He was also the inaugural recipient of the University of Ottawa Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.
Travis is a Certified Exercise Physiologist, and a member of The Sedentary Behaviour Research Network, The Obesity Society, the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine, the Canadian Obesity Network, and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. He is also a former Content Editor at ResearchBlogging.org.
In his spare time Travis is a competitive distance runner. He has medaled in both the Calgary and Manitoba International Marathons, and completed his first Boston Marathon in 2009. You can find out more about Travis here.
Peter Janiszewski, Ph.D., is a medical writer and editor, published researcher, science blogger and an advocate of new media in scientific knowledge translation.
Peter has published numerous studies, reviews and commentaries in peer-reviewed medical journals on topics related to exercise, diet, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, sexual dysfunction, oncology, and others. He has also presented his research at various international scientific conferences.
To aid in the dissemination of scientific knowledge, Peter also contributes articles for the popular press, health newsletters, and has appeared in national newspapers and on the radio.
He blogs at Obesity Panacea and is the Health/Clinical Research Editor for ResearchBlogging.org.
For more information, please visit his website.