This is a randomized-controlled study (link here, paywalled) of “modern” wearable that has been widely reported (here, and here, among other places, with a “we told you so” tone). It casts doubt on the effectiveness of fitness trackers to promote physical activity and health.
After reading the study about the impact of (a certain type of) wearable devices on weight loss (See: Just Read: Study – Wearables don’t improve weight loss – can you outrun a bad diet? ) – answer, not much – I also read this study at the same time that focused on exercise and diet in a very different way, and had much different outcomes.
“When I wore an exercise tracker, it DEmotivated me…” – quote from attendee at recent convening.
This study published in JAMA a few weeks ago (September, 2016), produced the unexpected (and curious) results.
Overweight and obese randomized to receive wearable devices as part of a weight loss program gained back more weight than users who did not receive wearables, after an initial 6 month weight loss.
Out of 60 in-person tests conducted across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, 75 percent of gender identity testers experienced adverse, differential treatment compared to their cis-gendered counterparts. Adverse differential treatment included differences in quality, quantity or content of services provided to the testers.
Similarly, of the 60 tests, 40 percent of gender identity testers experienced a negative interaction, including but not limited to verbal harassment, rude service, refusal to assist and being followed by an employee or security.
One of my professional colleagues, Dana Beyer, MD (@DanaBeyerMD), wrote this beautiful column in the Huffington Post recently (Doing the Right Thing for Trans Health is Now Easier Than You Think | Huffington Post).
It describes the numerous protections that transgender people now have when it comes to receiving equitable, medically supervised care. A lot of physicians and care providers I encounter are not aware of these protections. Sometimes it’s the opposite – they feel UNprotected in providing science-based care to people in this population. Continue reading→
I know I’ve come to this book 3 years later than the rest of society, and I don’t actually know why I picked it up – I think someone told me it was a must read. So I read it.
I actually consulted my mother at the conclusion to ask things about myself and herself that I hadn’t known before. Except that I had. More on that later. Continue reading→
In my regular sojurns into the things that produce health, such as well designed communities and transportation systems, I happened upon this title, a fantastic 101 of what any physician needs to know about the lever of transportation to reduce patients’ reliance on us.
What’s “normal” – a motordom-dominated, car-for-every-human, streets as wide as football fields society, or something else? Continue reading→