When is a sandwich not a sandwich?
For an interesting take on cognitive science, the stickiness of “alternative facts”, and the value of “truth sandwiches” to counter misinformation, this article from Vox provides insight into how we think, how our values and beliefs are confirmed or refuted by what we read and view, and how the media reports on the current state of US politics, for better or worse.
This perspective is relevant to our work in childhood obesity. Whether it’s to help families prevent unhealthy weight gain or manage childhood obesity once it’s established, what we say and the way we communicate with families (and the ‘objective’ information we share with them) is filtered through the values and beliefs they possess regarding diet, activity, weight, and health. Recognizing this reality, exploring families’ values and beliefs (especially when we suspect they might diverge from our own), and tailoring our conversations to meet families where they’re at are critical steps to helping and communicating effectively with families.