Category Archives: Publication

New partnership with the Global Energy Balance Network to focus on recent research

UPDATE 2015-12-18. GEBN has stopped operations. I hope to get permission to post our article reviews elsewhere so they can continue to contribute to the conversation.


A group of us in the Office of Energetics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are pairing with the Global Energy Balance Network to foster conversations on the science of energy balance.

Our goal will be to represent the highlights of recent science, presented through a scientific lens that we hope will avoid the overselling of research that is all-too-common in research communication today. In each article, we will present the results of the research in context, provide an overview of the scientific methodology employed, and explain why we found the study to be particularly interesting, paradigm shifting, creative, or otherwise noteworthy.

Led by Dr. David Allison and myself, the group of investigators will include Dr. Kathryn A Kaiser, Dr. Greg Pavela, and Dr. Brandon George. We also hope to invite others to coauthor these articles with us. Visit GEBN and join the conversation!

Bias study recommended for Faculty of 1000, receives great media coverage

Access the recommendation on F1000Prime Our recent study investigating the influence of distorted research reporting on the belief in the presumed effect of breakfast on obesity has been recommended for the Faculty of 1000! “F1000Prime is an in-depth directory of top articles in biology and medicine, as recommended by our Faculty of more than 5,000 expert scientists and clinical researchers, assisted by their designated associates.”

Our study has also received media coverage from such excellent news outlets as NPR, The New York Times, Slate, and other great information outlets.

Breakfast, bias, and obesity: Distorted research reporting contributes to beliefs beyond scientific evidence

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and other such maxims reflect a moral and health-related halo surrounding breakfast. Breakfast is purported to instill numerous health benefits to those who consume it, not the least of which is weight loss and weight maintenance. However, the scientific literature does not necessarily support a causative role between skipping breakfast and obesity. Yet, information sources including blogs, popular health icons, and government agencies have made statements that eating breakfast will help control weight. In our new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, we quantify ways in which the scientific community may be contributing to these premature causal claims.
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