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No bias in this study? “1 in 16 women report their first experience with sexual intercourse was rape”

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week, for 1 in 16 women their first experience with sexual intercourse was a rape or under coercion.

The study is entitled, “Association Between Forced Sexual Initiation and Health Outcomes Among US Women.”

From the study summary:

Question: What is the prevalence of forced sexual initiation among women and girls in the United States and its association with reproductive, gynecologic, and general health outcomes?

Findings: In this cross-sectional, nationally representative study of 13,310 American women aged 18 to 44 years, 6.5% reported forced sexual initiation (mean age at forced sexual initiation, 15.6 years). Forced sexual initiation appeared to be associated with multiple adverse reproductive, gynecologic, and general health outcomes after adjustment for demographic confounders.

Meaning: These findings could help clinicians improve the medical care of women and girls and inform the development of public health policies aimed at reducing forced sexual initiation in the United States.

From the Abstract:

Importance: The #MeToo movement has highlighted how frequently women experience sexual violence. However, to date, no recent studies have assessed the prevalence of forced sex during girls’ and women’s first sexual encounter or its health consequences.

Objective: To estimate the prevalence of forced sexual initiation among US women and its association with subsequent reproductive, gynecologic, and general health outcomes.

Conclusions and Relevance: Forced sexual initiation in women appears to be common and associated with multiple adverse reproductive and general health outcomes. These findings highlight the possible need for public health measures and sociocultural changes to prevent sexual violence, particularly forced sexual initiation.

The authors of this study are the following:

Laura Hawks, MD: Department of Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Massachusetts; Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.
Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School; City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, New York.
David U. Himmelstein, MD, Harvard Medical School; City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, New York.

Let’s take a look at the Twitter accounts of these authors, shall we?

Laura Hawks/Twitter profile

Laura Hawks:

Retweet on May 15: “Thread alert! Hopping mad about dwindling abortion access? Welcome, we’ve been waiting for you. Here are some ways you can show up today in your state — please settle in for the long haul. We need you now, and we need you for the weeks, months, and years to come.”

Retweet on November 4, 2018: “@AndrewGillum and @staceyabrams are two candidates that are committed to ending mass incarceration. Before you vote find out where your candidate stands on criminal justice reform.”

Retweet on October 28, 2018: In America, white supremacists have killed more than a dozen minorities this week alone.”

Steffie Wooldhandler:

Her bio states the following: After several years of working in the movement against the Vietnam War, I sought a career that would allow me to continue my work for social change. I also loved math and science. Medicine was a career that allowed me to combine both my interests. Dr. Stephanie J. Woolhandler has advocated guaranteed access to health care for all members of society, including the Americans currently without medical insurance. In 1986 she helped found Physicians for a National Health Program, a not-for-profit organization for physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals who advocate a national health insurance program.

From Steffie’s Twitter bio: “Physician, Professor, Shadow secretary of DHHS @shadowingtrump”

Let’s go to @shadowingtrump and take a look at what that is all about, shall we?

From their Twitter bio: “21 progressive leaders unite in a one-stop site to debunk Trump daily & offer alternatives, agency-by-agency. Because truth trumps lies. Created by @markjgreen”

Recent @shadowingtrump tweets:

Trump’s hate is bad for your health. Rise in health uninsured may be linked to immigrants’ fears”

“With the failures of both his trade war and tax cuts, Trump’s reelect down to two arguments: “let’s see what happens”; “hate minorities & liberals.” He’s sinking.

“Doctors urge studies on how detention of border children is a willful health hazard.”

“Trump treats Gateway Pundit with infinitely more respect than the @nytimes—all historians will need to know about this abhorrent moment.”

David Himmelstein

David Himmelstein (from Wikipedia):

David U. Himmelstein is an American academic physician specializing in internal medicine. He is a distinguished professor of public health and health policy in the CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, an adjunct clinical professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. He is also the co-founder (with Steffie Woolhandler) of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization advocating for single-payer healthcare in the United States.

I’ve never authored a research article yet I do have several questions regarding this study:

Given the political identity of the authors, was there a perceived bias in their study (questions and persuasion) to influence public health policies toward a desired outcome (single-payer healthcare)?

Is there a perceived bias in the authors’ (particularly Woolhandler) handling/framing of this study to influence “social change?”

Did the authors inquire about the background of these forced sexual initiation offenders and the resulting arrests in order to inform the development of criminal policies aimed at reducing forced sexual initiation in the United States?

And given the authors’ political identities, was there not some desired outcome to suggest that rape is common because Orange Man Bad (and the Justice Kavanaugh faux allegations)?

After all, the 2020 presidential election is just around the corner…

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UK children as young as three could receive help to change their gender from NHS via Skype call

From Daily Mail: Children as young as three could be helped to change gender by doctors on the basis of just a Skype phone call under plans being considered by the NHS.

A controversial clinic, which helps thousands of children to change gender every year, says that it has become so overwhelmed by patients that it could be forced to set children on a path to a new sex on the basis of ‘telemedical’ appointments.

The startling development is likely to cause an outcry among critics of the clinic’s work, who will argue that it is impossible to evaluate a child’s suitability for such radical treatment over the phone.

Internal reports produced for the directors of the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), run by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, argue that without such radical changes the clinic could be forced to shut down due to an exodus of demoralised staff.

The plan for sex change by Skype comes as the clinic faces growing pressure from psychologists who say it uses untested drugs on troubled children and ‘rushes’ them towards becoming transgender.

Last year 2,590 children were referred to the clinic, a rise of more than 400 per cent since 2013, leading to a two-year waiting list.

Ten of the children were aged three or four and dozens more were of primary-school age. The treatment includes giving the children hormone-blocking drugs.

The GIDS reports, which have been seen by this newspaper, reveal that the clinic has started testing ‘some of the practicalities involved in identifying young people and families to be considered for treatment appointments delivered with telemedicine’.

It uses technology such as Skype and FaceTime to allow doctors to diagnose and prescribe treatment for patients hundreds or thousands of miles away.

The reports, which were presented to the directors last month, reveal that publicity about the clinic’s work has led to a surge in demand for its services and an increase in waiting times, leading to a growing burden on staff.

The report warns that the situation was becoming so serious that ‘the service could be decommissioned by the NHS’.

Last night, a spokesman for the Tavistock and Portman Trust said: ‘Using digital technologies to increase efficiency and to enhance patient experience where appropriate is an area of development across the NHS.

‘The Trust is working to minimise waiting times and make clinical support easier to access, including eliminating travel time for young people and their families, which will also allow us to offer appointments earlier and later in the day.

‘As with the rest of the NHS, innovations like telemedicine are an addition and will not mean the removal or inability to access face-to-face consultations.

‘The Trust and GIDS welcome all open and informed discussion and decision-making around the best way to support young people experiencing difficulties or distress around their gender identity.’

An NHS source said that NHS England ‘would continue to work with the Trust and the service to seek changes that will address waiting times and support continued improvement of the service delivered’.

h/t Weasel Zippers

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This is rich: WA state Gov. Inslee calls for oversight of private psychiatric hospitals while state hospital is decertified and defunded

Gov. Jay Inslee with his buddy Obama

It is interesting how demorats always deflect from their own incompetencies.

Failed demorat presidential candidate Washington State Governor Jay Inslee is calling on his state Department of Health to strengthen enforcement of private psychiatric hospitals. This is in response to a Seattle Times investigation.

From the Seattle Times story:

“The directive marks a shift in tone for Inslee, who has supported the expansion of private psychiatric hospitals in a state that has long been short of treatment options. In his letter, the governor suggested revisiting the role of for-profit psychiatric companies.

“I am deeply troubled at the prospect of corporations exploiting gaps in our oversight systems to profit from vulnerable Washingtonians and hard-working hospital staff,” he wrote.

As private psychiatric hospitals have expanded in Washington state, with more than 850 new beds approved since 2012, some have repeatedly failed to meet regulatory requirements and put patients and their own staff at risk, The Times found. Hospitals are only required to disclose specific types of serious harm to the Department of Health and face no penalty for failing to do so in Washington, unlike other states.

Private psychiatric hospitals reported 15 “adverse events” over three years to the department. Over the same period, The Times found 350 incidents in which patients or staff were assaulted, suffered an injury, attempted suicide, escaped or died suddenly.”

Read the whole story here.

As governor, Inslee is responsible for the oversight of Western State Hospital, an inpatient psychiatric hospital with more than 800 beds and 2,200 employees in Lakewood.

Did you know that in June 2018 Western lost their certification and $53 million in federal funding? From King 5:

“Despite “significant strides” at Western State Hospital, Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital lost its federal certification and $53 million in federal funds Monday after failing to achieve basic health and safety standards.

Western State failed to pass a May survey by federal inspectors with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Surveyors judged the hospital based on 26 conditions, which included inspecting wards and treatment plans and interviewing staff.

“CMS has determined that Western’s progress did not constitute substantial compliance with the Medicare conditions of participations,” the letter from CMS read.

The requirements were laid out in a Systems Improvements Agreement between the federal government and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) that began in June 2016.

The 800-plus bed facility has been plagued by problems for years that ranged from assaults on health-care workers to escapes by dangerous patients.”

Read the whole King 5 story here.

Issues at Western include the following: Inappropriate use of restraints, faulty sprinklers, lack of fire drills, development of patient treatment plans and physical therapy plans.

Of course, DSHS had no comment on those issues at the time because they had not been able to perform any reviews of the complaints.

Under Gov. Inslee’s watch, Western has been plagued with assaults – and even a murder allegation. Some of the problems at Western:

In February this year, a woman claimed her father was a victim of murder from a patient that was released from Western. Her father was attacked at an adult family home and perhaps hit in the face with a coffee mug by a man who had been at the hospital and known for violent behavior.

A nurse lost part of her ear when she was assaulted by a patient and is now suing for $5 million.

In December 2018, KOMO reported that assaults had surged at Western. Faculty blamed the hospital administration saying they are moving dangerous patients into less-secure wards and leaving them there after they attack others.

In March this year, Western was fined $4,900 for failing to protect workers from assaults by patients. The L&I investigation found that DSHS— which runs the hospital — “did not do everything reasonably necessary to protect employees” from workplace violence.

Wait, there’s more detail about the deplorable conditions at Western that occurred under the “leadership” of Gov. Jay Inslee. Excerpts from NWNewsNetwork.org:

“A “root cause” report in 2016 identified ineffective management, staff reductions and turnover leading to patients who felt “neglected” and a “culture of helplessness” among staff. A review by the Department of Corrections also found numerous security gaps including 25,000 unaccounted for master keys.

Over the last couple of years, the state has accrued more than $55 million in fines for not meeting court-ordered timelines to evaluate and treat criminal defendants who are not competent to stand trial. That has led to mentally ill defendants languishing in jail cells while they await those services from the state hospitals.”

Read all the details here.

Gov. Jay Inslee peddling some BS…

While the good governor goes on about demanding oversight for private psychiatric hospitals in his state, maybe he and DSHS should lead by example and get the affairs of their mental hospital in order.

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President Trump proposes addressing California homeless crisis; liberals decry him as “Hitler”

We all know that the homeless crisis in California is bad, very bad. See the NSFW video below.

Demorat-run cities are plagued with streets lined with syringes, feces and urine. There are 124 confirmed cases of typhus in Los Angeles with fears of the Bubonic Plague making a comeback. Even leprosy has found its way back into California!

Man infected with leprosy

President Trump’s administration is actually considering doing something to help the people living on the streets of California. From the HuffPo story:

“Trump administration officials were in Los Angeles this week to learn about the city’s homelessness crisis and explore avenues for addressing the broader issue across the state.

Among the proposed options is a plan to clear street encampments in Los Angeles and other cities and move the homeless people into government-run facilities, according to a report by The Washington Post.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Staff from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office on Tuesday took officials from the White House, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Domestic Policy Council on a tour of the city’s skid row.

The group visited several homeless shelters, including a facility that recently opened in South L.A. as part of a new $20 million program called A Bridge Home, according to Garcetti’s office.

“Like many Americans, the President has taken notice of the homelessness crisis, particularly in cities and states where the liberal policies of overregulation, excessive taxation, and poor public service delivery are combining to dramatically increase poverty and public health risks,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in a statement.

“In June, the President took action and signed an Executive Order to confront the regulatory barriers to affordable housing development, a leading cause of homelessness,” the statement said. “President Trump has directed his team to go further and develop a range of policy options for consideration to deal with this tragedy.”

The administration’s visit follows months of harsh critique from President Donald Trump over California’s rising homelessness. “We may do something to get that whole thing cleaned up. It’s inappropriate,” Trump said in a Fox News interview that aired in July. He singled out Los Angeles and San Francisco, slamming the “liberal establishment” and saying, “You take a look at what’s going on with San Francisco. It’s terrible.”

State and city officials appeared cautiously optimistic about the talks on Tuesday but called for concrete and appropriate action from the administration.

Nathan Click, a spokesperson for California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times: “Every level of government — including federal — should step up and put skin in the game. If the president is willing to put serious solutions – with real investment – on the table, California stands ready to talk. He could start by ending his plan to cut food stamps, gut health care for low-income people, and scare immigrant families from accessing government services.”

Read the whole story here.

Apparently wanting to do something for the homeless (which local and state bureaucrats are incapable of doing) is just Orange Man Bad.

Some of the comments from the HuffPo story:

“They used to call them concentration camps in nazi Germany.”

Trumps whole premise for the reason there is a homeless crisis in CA is wrong. Homeless people migrate to CA from other states because of the mild climate. Severe homeless began during the Reagan administration when he striped funding form mental institutions and patients were put out onto the street and states started busing people to other states and dumping them. Every Republican administration since then has added to the problem by eliminating the social safety nets , housing programs, etc., as much as they could get away with. Trump is probably one of the worse. The government institutions he speaks of will be internment camps out in the desert somewhere with forced labor camps to replace the migrant workers he is keeping out of the country.”

“Looks like Trump is ready to start the round ups. The similarities between Trump wanting to send homeless people to encampments has an uncanny resemblance to Hitler’s roundup of the Gypsies.”

“More fodder for his private concentration camps. I guess kids just aren’t enough.”

“Sounds like what Stalin did at first? First come the concentration camps,then come the purges?

Here come the death camps… at the very minimum they are going to put a lot of very vulnerable people into a very dubious place that will only amplify the traumas they have experienced to date.”

“Are we still pretending that Trump’s concentration camps were only going to be for asylum-seekers at the border. This time it’s homeless US citizens. Who’s next?”

Trump’s solution: Concentration Camps. Figures.”

“Didn’t the Germans do that same thing to Gypsies? Look how that turned out.”

TDS is real folks, very real.

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Los Angeles, failed city: After typhus, it’s leprosy; majority of patients from Mexico

The filthy conditions of Democrat-run U.S. cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles are so alarming that even the New York Times has acknowledged that fact in a May 22, 2019 op/ed, “America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals,” by the paper’s opinion columnist Farhad Manjoo.

A day later, on May 23, the filthy conditions in Los Angeles prompted famous TV addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky to predict a major infectious disease epidemic this summer, putting at risk thousands of lives.

Dr. Pinsky’s prediction has come true. Last month, there were 124 confirmed cases of Typhus amid fears Bubonic Plague is also affecting L.A.’s homeless.

Now comes the news that leprosy (aka Hansen’s disease) — an infectious disease causing skin sores, nerve damange and muscle weakness which we associate with biblical times — has made a comeback in Los Angeles. 

On August 15, 2019, writing for Reuters Health, Will Boggs, M.D., reports:

Leprosy, also known as Hansen’s disease, is rarely seen in the United States, but cases continue to emerge in Los Angeles County, a new report says.

“Hansen’s disease still exists, and we need to educate medical students and physicians,” coauthor Dr. Maria Teresa Ochoa from Keck Medical Center of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, told Reuters Health by email.

Dr. Ochoa and colleagues identified 187 patients with the disease in a review of medical records from their leprosy clinic spanning 1973 to 2018. Most patients were Latino, originating from Mexico, and they experienced a median delay in diagnosis of more than three years, the team reports JAMA Dermatology, online August 7.

Multibacillary leprosy (MB) cases outnumbered paucibacillary leprosy (PB) cases by nearly eight to one (88.6% vs. 11.4%, respectively), and Latino patients were more likely than non-Latino patients to have MB, as were patients from Central or South America (versus other regions).

Most patients (80.7%) received multidrug therapy, and most (92.6%) received antibiotics for more than two years, especially if they had MB.

Only about half of patients (56.7%) had World Health Organization (WHO) grade 0 disability (no signs or symptoms suggestive of leprosy or disability) at the one-year follow-up, whereas 16.0% had grade 1 disability (loss of protective sensation) and 26.2% had grade 2 disability (visible deformity) at the last follow-up.

Among the patients who lost protective sensation, 87.7% (50/57) did not regain it following therapy.

“Early diagnosis is very important,” Dr. Ochoa concluded, adding that “we need to fight the stigma” associated with the disease.

In 2014, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 100 new cases of leprosy were reported in the United States each year; worldwide, the figure was 250,000. The study’s lead researcher Dr. Leisha Nolen, an epidemic intelligence service officer with the CDC, said that most cases of leprosy occur in people born outside the United States who were infected before arriving here. (Source: WebMD)

Carmine Sabia of The Federalist Papers reminds us that it was Barack Obama who, in 2016, changed the law of the United States to allow immigrants with STDs and leprosy in. As reported by the Washington Examiner in February 2016, deeming the communicable diseases not a big threat to the United States, the Obama administration decided to let immigrants with three sexually transmitted diseases known for causing sores or lesions on genitalia to enter the United States, an expansion of a previous decision to let in those with HIV.

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The failure of liberal logic summed up in two Oregon headlines

Headline One: E-cigarette deaths climb as officials confirm some illnesses caused by oil in lungs from vaping marijuana

Headline Two: Oregon is one step closer to being the first state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms

Details from Headline One: At least four people have died after using e-cigarettes and about 450 possible cases of severe lung diseases are now under investigation — more than doubling the breadth of the mysterious illness that has gripped the country, federal health officials announced Friday. The cases have spread to 33 states, most related to people vaping marijuana products, officials said.

Details from Headline Two: Oregon voters may get the chance to decide whether or not to become the first state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms next year. The ballot title for the Psilocybin Service Initiative, or Initiative Petition #34, was certified Friday and now supporters of a measure to legalize psilocybin in controlled settings can gather signatures to get the issue on the ballot in 2020. The initiative won’t mean that “magic” mushrooms are legal at all times and everywhere in the state. Instead, the measure would allow “manufacture, delivery, administration of psilocybin at supervised, licensed facilities.”

The recreational use of marijuana was passed in Oregon in 2014 under Ballot Measure 91. Its passage legalized the “recreational use of marijuana, based on regulation and taxation to be determined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission”.

Yet who could have predicted the bad consequences from legalizing marijuana? That is rhetorical, of course.

So what do progressives want to legalize next? Psychedelic mushrooms!

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Unhealthy: Elle magazine features obese rapper in order to promote “inclusivity”

Lizzo is a 31-year-old rapper from Detroit. She’s all the rage now, even with failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeting about her. According to HuffPo, “It’s truly something.”

Whatever.

This obese womyn is being promoted by the media as a proud big girl. Lizzo has stated, “I’m 5’10”, I’m big and I’ve always been this way – even when I was young I always had this mental gigantism where I felt bigger than I actually was and I still do.”

Lizzo is 5’10” and weighs 250 pounds. Her BMI is 35.9 indicating her weight is in the obese category for adults of her height.

Her obesity is being promoted in the Elle fashion magazine as “What the World Needs Now Is More Lizzo.”

Excerpts from the Elle article pushing this obesity inclusivity:

“Also helpful: regular self-care, which goes hand in hand with her message of self-love. She’s become something of an icon for the latter, but as with her success as an artist, those feelings of confidence and empowerment are hard-earned. “I take self-love very seriously. And I take it seriously because when I was younger, I wanted to change everything about myself,” she says. “I didn’t love who I was.

And the reason I didn’t love who I was is because I was told I wasn’t lovable by the media, by [people at] school, by not seeing myself in beauty ads, by not seeing myself in television…by lack of representation. My self-hatred got so bad that I was fantasizing about being other people. But you can’t live your life trying to be somebody else. What’s the point?”

As with all thing progressive, creating your “own truths” is only what matters. Not reality. Hence being obese is now a form of “body positivity.”

Self care and empowerment does not mean putting your physical being in the obese category, ladies. Seriously.

Also, please pick a side. Obesity and health care costs continue to rise yet you promote this body image as if there was no way to prevent it. All in the name of “inclusivity.”

See also:

Calvin Klein promoting obesity under the guise of “inclusivity”
Gillette continues their quest to be “woke” by promoting obesity and transgenders
Feminists get it wrong: Study finds that normalization of plus-size fuels obesity epidemic

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Higher risk of death if you drink more than 2 soda pops a day, sugar or sugar-free

This is sobering medical news.

We already know sugar is bad for our bodies. See, for example, “Sugar consumption increases risks of breast cancer“.

Now, we have data that soda drinks are also bad for our health.

Two recent studies — from the leading medical journal BMJ and the American Heart Association journal, Circulationlinked drinking soda to cancer and deaths from heart disease. See, for example, “2 cans of sugar or diet soda a day increase heart risk by 23%“.

We are told that soda beverages containing sugar is bad for us, which prompted some U.S. cities to impose a special tax on soft drinks as a way to discourage people from drinking pop. But a new European study found that even sugar-free soft drinks are bad for our health.

As reported by Serena Gordon for MedicineNet, the latest study of more than 451,000 people from 10 European countries, with an average age of 51, found that people who have more than two sodas a day — with or without sugar — had a higher risk of dying than people who consumed soda pops less than once a month.

Even when intervening factors as smoking and body mass index (an estimate of body fat based on height and weight) were accounted for, the study still found an association between drinking more soda and a higher risk of dying.

Led by Neil Murphy, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, France, the researchers followed the participants’ health for an average of 16 years. The study was published on September 3, 2019, in JAMA Internal Medicine, the peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association.

Dr. Murphy said: “We found that higher soft drink intake was associated with a greater risk of death from any cause regardless of whether sugar-sweetened or artificially sweetened drinks were consumed. Our results for sugar-sweetened soft drinks provide further support to limit consumption and to replace them with healthier beverages, preferably water.”

In addition to a higher risk of dying from all causes, drinking more than 1-2 sodas a day — with or without sugar — is also linked to some specific causes of death, including colon cancer, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease, and digestive diseases. 

Recognizing that a correlation between soda and a higher risk of early death does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, the scientists offer some explanations for the association:

  • Soda drinkers may have other habits that could shorten their lifespans, such as smoking or an unhealthy diet.
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages may lead to weight gain and obesity which, in turn, may affect the way the hormone insulin is used in the body, which can lead to inflammation.

Murphy acknowleges that more research is needed to understand how artificially sweetened soda might increase the risk of early death.

Predictably, representatives of the beverage and sweetener industries urged people not to overreact to the findings:

  • William Dermody Jr., a spokesman for the American Beverage Association, said: “Soft drinks are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet and the authors of this study acknowledge their research does not indicate otherwise.”
  • Robert Rankin, president of the Calorie Control Council (CCC), said low-calorie and no-calorie sweeteners are “an important tool for weight management and those managing diabetes.”
  • CCC medical adviser Dr. Keri Peterson said: “The safety of low- and no-calorie sweeteners has been reaffirmed time and time again by leading regulatory and governmental agencies around the world.”

But other scientists affirm the European study’s findings:

  • Dr. Maria Anton, an endocrinologist at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital, said excess consumption of soft drinks and other high-sugar and artificially sweetened beverages “can contribute to weight gain and poor blood sugar control, worsening existing conditions like diabetes.
  • Registered dietitian Samantha Heller, from NYU Langone Health in New York City, said many factors may contribute to the link between soda consumption and risk of death. The bottom line, she said, is that people don’t need to drink soda: “The consumption of beverages that taste sweet is fueled by marketing and advertising. There really is no need to consume them.” Heller suggests drinking seltzer, tea, or just plain water instead. 

See also “Water or Coke, you choose!

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Calvin Klein promoting obesity under the guise of “inclusivity”

From NY Post: This past spring you couldn’t miss her.

Commanding 4,000 square feet of premium Soho air space and wearing nothing by CK underwear, the indie rapper Chika gazed knowingly from Calvin Klein’s massive billboard — just like Kate Moss and Kendall Jenner before her.

But the 22-year-old musician’s proudly plus-size body type felt like a rebuke against the brand’s traditional muses and their famously skinny silhouettes.

The recent ad’s aftershocks included a feature in Time magazine, an InStyle interview and — thanks to a slew of Instagram tags — millions of digital impressions. But while Chika called her campaign coup a “happy surprise,” it was actually a deliberately canny move from Calvin Klein HQ.

Once the chicest name at New York Fashion Week, the brand didn’t even bother to present this past February nor is it on the show schedule that begins Friday.

Rather, Calvin Klein has recently slipped in its stilettos thanks to an ill-fated allegiance with designer Raf Simons, the beloved Belgian artiste who was named chief creative officer and lead designer in 2016. Simons’ collections were Vogue-lauded sensations but also retail duds thanks to their futuristic shapes and menacing graphics, many licensed from Warhol’s “Death and Disaster” series.

When Simons left the label in December, parent company PVH called his’ two-year tenure a “fashion miss,” and retail analysts estimated his otherworldly and sometimes just odd creations cost the label a whopping $240 million.

PVH stock plunged 7.4 percent in May. Calvin Klein shuttered its Fifth Avenue flagship and skipped the costly — but, in terms of high-profile publicity, major — Met Gala, where it used to host a table loaded with starlets including Margot Robbie and Emma Watson.

It seemed like a death knell. But some experts argue it could be a fresh start and a chance to shake off the cobwebs.

“Letting those things go is actually quite savvy,” says Tyler McCall, who analyzes retail strategy as editor-in-chief of Fashionista.com. “At first, there was a real sense of loss. Calvin was so legendary! But the brand pivoted quickly into what works: the underwear in extended sizing, the nostalgia for the ’90s, the push for diverse bodies in casting.”

Calvin Klein, once known for being a major trendsetter in youth culture — creating often controversial waves with ads starring a 15-year-old Brooke Shields, a skeletal Moss, a muscle-rippling Mark Wahlberg — is finally catching up to Gen Z’s more inclusive, individual idea of cool.

“Contrast that with a brand like Victoria’s Secret, who can’t acknowledge that women exist above a size 12. They very publicly excluded trans women and plus-size women from their runway. And now, their sales are tanking,” McCall adds. “Meanwhile, Calvin Klein . . . is actually listening to [young shoppers].”

According to company sources, the brand’s new strategy includes recruiting an invisible grid of “micro-influencers” (read: fun but not necessarily famous Instagrammers) to weave a new fan base for the brand.

The company’s chief marketing officer, Marie Gulin-Merle, told The Post: “We believe the most compelling and engaging campaigns are those that embrace not just diversity of race, body type, sexual orientation or gender identity, but also diversity of opinion and experience.”

That may explain why the new “#CKPartners” include dozens of plus-size women and men, along with sometime-models such as mental-health blogger Elena Sanchez, Sikh tailor Devkaran Singh Mattakul and disability advocate Kate Virginia posing in her wheelchair.

Of course, reliable thirst traps like Bella Hadid and Naomi Campbell sprawl across much of Calvin Klein’s billboard and Instagram real estate — but now they’re joined by trans bombshell Indya Moore and queer pop icon Beth Ditto, who smolders in plus-size lace lingerie.

Can embracing the full human spectrum, and shedding the waif look for good, save CK One from being CK Done?

Current numbers give a cautious thumbs-up, with the brand’s luxury fragrances claiming a quarter of the spots on Amazon’s bestseller list and its social-media followers surpassing American fashion titans Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren.

But the brand needs to follow through on its promise of inclusion by spotlighting more than one plus-size model at a time, whether it’s on a building or just a handheld phone screen.

As Essence beauty director Julee Wilson has said, inclusion “isn’t just right, it’s good business. Once brands understand the profits they are blatantly missing, hopefully things will get better.”

And if Calvin Klein likes anything more than getting cool cred, it’s getting back those missing profits.

See also:

Gillette continues their quest to be “woke” by promoting obesity and transgenders
Feminists get it wrong: Study finds that normalization of plus-size fuels obesity epidemic
Feminism promotes obesity: Extremely overweight actress Chrissy Metz is “inspiring”
Size 26 Tess Holliday leads an army of curvy models at London Fashion Week to promote “body positivity”

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