Category Archives: Obesity Epidemic

Report: Myths About Obesity & Why They’re Wrong

Via the Associated Press – Fact or fiction? Sex burns a lot of calories. Snacking or skipping breakfast is bad. School gym classes make a big difference in kids’ weight. All are myths or at least presumptions that may not … Continue reading

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Does Fructose Trigger Over-Eating?

The details via CBS news – Fructose, a common sugar found in the U.S. diet, may cause changes in the brain that trigger a person to overeat, a new brain imaging study shows. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain … Continue reading

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Overweight Live Longer?

More on this via NPR – Being a little overweight may tip the odds in favor of living a long life, according to a new study. Researchers say there may be some benefit to having a little extra body fat. … Continue reading

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Mason Harvey

I just heard this story from several months back. It’s a good one. Nice to see someone so young turn it around. Source.

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Goodbye To Twinkes & Wonder Bread?

The story via NBCDFW.com – Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business after striking workers failed to heed a Thursday deadline to return to work, the company said. “We deeply regret the … Continue reading

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When You Are Fat, Weight Is Easy To Gain & Hard To Lose

Via the report “A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity” which was published in May of this year in the New York Times: That the conventional wisdom of 3,500 calories less is what it takes to lose a pound of weight is … Continue reading

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Report: Physical Inactivity Should Be Considered A Pandemic

Via ABC News – Physical inactivity has a negative global impact so severe that its adverse effects on health are comparable to that of smoking or obesity, according to a new study. What’s more, the researchers say the problem of … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Weight-Loss Pill

Via the AP – A new weight-loss pill that many doctors consider the most effective of a new generation of anti-obesity drugs got the approval of the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday. The pill, called Qsymia, was approved for … Continue reading

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Weight Of The Nation

It may not be TV, because it’s HBO.  But, it’s “must see” – and great that you can watch it online for free.

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42% Of U.S. To Be Obese By 2030?

The latest on the obesity epidemic via the L.A. Times – The ranks of obese Americans are expected to swell even further in the coming years, rising from 36 percent of the adult population today to 42 percent by 2030, … Continue reading

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Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta Child Obesity Ad Campaign

The story/issue via CNN – Nearly 40% of Georgia’s children are overweight or obese — the second-highest rate in the nation — yet 50% of Georgians don’t consider child obesity a problem. What’s more, 75% of parents of obese children … Continue reading

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TV Bomb Kids With Junk Food Ads

Sad facts from Women’s Health Magazine – According to media industry estimates, advertisers spend $900 million every year on television shows aimed at children under 12. And more than two-thirds of that advertising is for food products: fast-food meals with … Continue reading

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Fat? Blame Your Father…Or Maybe Your Mom?

Via the Star Tribune – Kids might be at higher risk for obesity if Dad is overweight, suggests a study published in the January issue of the International Journal of Obesity. The study, measured the height and weight of children … Continue reading

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U.S. Obesity Rates Unchanged In Last Dozen Years

Via Tara Parker-Pope – After two decades of steady increases, obesity rates in adults and children in the United States have remained largely unchanged during the past 12 years, a finding that suggests national efforts at promoting healthful eating and … Continue reading

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Schools Place Activity Monitors On Kids

The story via the New York Post – A group of Long Island students will soon be wearing controversial electronic monitors that allow school officials to track their physical activity around the clock. The athletics chair for the Bay Shore … Continue reading

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The Fat Trap

If you haven’t already read Tara Parker-Pope’s feature in the New York Times Magazine entitled “The Fat Trap,” I highly recommend it.  Click here to check it out. Perhaps all those who have successfully maintained a weight loss are “results … Continue reading

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The Villian Behind The Obesity Epidemic

Simple sugars and carbs, processed foods, misleading advertising and mindless eating?  Click here to see a great Nightline report on this theory.

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Forks Over Knives

I’m late to the party on this one – and hope to see the DVD soon.  Click here to see more on it.

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Fat Moms To Blame For Obesity Epidemic?

Via the L.A. Times – After long days discussing America’s obesity problem, Melinda Sothern has had enough of windowless conference rooms. “I need to exercise,” she says, pausing to review her plans in the San Diego Convention Center lobby. She … Continue reading

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Low Calcium & Obesity Link

Very interesting news via the Vancouver Sun – Low calcium intake is a risk factor for continued obesity, but it can be addressed by boosting consumption of calcium or dairy, according to a Canadian study published recently in the Journal … Continue reading

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Translating Calories Into Effort To Burn Leads Kids To Pass On Soda

Interesting news from TIME Heartland – Does calorie information help consumers make healthier choices? Not always. But a new study finds that when calorie counts are presented in an easily understandable way, even teenagers — those experts in never listening … Continue reading

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American Actual & Ideal Weight Marks On The Rise

Via the L.A. Times – As we enter the season of the year in which Americans typically gain at least a pound or two that never goes away, a new report from the Gallup Poll finds that as our actual … Continue reading

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Being Overweight Hits Your Pockets

Via USA Today – According to the STOP Obesity Alliance, the overall costs of being overweight over a five-year period are $24,395 for an obese woman and $13,230 for an obese man. Thirty-four percent of U.S. adults are obese, according … Continue reading

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New 4-Part HBO Series “The Weight Of The Nation”

Best Bites Blog tweets – Just announced at #PHAsummit: New 4-part HBO series “The Weight of the Nation” will air in May. Examines the obesity epidemic. Should be a good one. Looking forward to it.

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Forecast: In 18 Years 50% Of Adults In U.S. Will Be Obese

Dan Glickman served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 1995 until 2001. Ann Veneman served as U.S. Secretary of Agriculture from 2001 until 2005. Here’s some facts on the Obesity Epidemic that they recently shared: Good nutrition lies at the … Continue reading

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