July 3, 2016
A structured walking program that offered encouragement and support improved participants' mood and energy levels and even led to the shedding of a few pounds, a study by Independence Blue Cross found. The research, which was published June 27 in the American Journal of Health Promotion, involved about 460 randomly chosen employees. Half the participants worked for companies insured by IBC with managers who typically put up posters or offered other passive walking encouragement.
January 3, 2016 |
I was a fat shamer. But not anymore. The start of a recent conversation with a 13-year-old client - considered obese by body mass index (BMI) standards - illustrated my change of heart. "People aren't meant to be this large," she said of herself in a matter-of-fact tone. It sounded like she was imprisoned in shame and saw no way out. As a therapist specializing in helping people with eating disorders, I had begun her treatment plan with the usual focus on weight loss. But it was her feelings of shame, and mine for maybe contributing to them each time I coaxed her to set diet and exercise goals she wouldn't meet, that made me rethink the purpose of her therapy.
August 23, 2015 |
Kids have tried. Parents have tried. Health professionals have tried. But according to the American Academy of Pediatrics Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight, obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the last 30 years. These children are at increased risk for adult diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. The annual hospital costs related to childhood obesity and its attendant problems - comorbidities - is roughly $127 million, according to the institute.
April 24, 2014 |
A Drexel University study suggests that obesity is the single most important characteristic that increases a pregnant woman's chance of having a rare and heartbreaking occurrence - stillbirth. Maternal obesity is a known risk factor for fetal death, as well as for pregnancy complications such as gestational diabetes. But the current obesity epidemic is intensifying concern, and prompting updated analyses of the stillbirth risk. "Stillbirths, while rare, do routinely occur in all institutions serving the Philadelphia area," said study leader Ruofan Yao, an obstetrics-gynecology resident at Hahnemann University Hospital.
March 6, 2014
WE'RE ALL the same on the inside, right? Well, sort of. As human beings, we certainly have more in common than not, but when it comes to genetics and our bodies there's a wide range of differences. For years, I have debated with readers, friends and family members about the onerous body mass index, and specifically as it relates to African-Americans. When it comes to blacks, is the BMI accurate? After all, the established standards for the BMI are based on whites, and this bias, more often than not, places many African-Americans in the overweight or obese category (even when we're not)
January 19, 2014 |
A number of credible but controversial studies in recent years have found that people with certain chronic illnesses live longer if they're carrying too many pounds than if they're of "normal" weight. Now, Harvard University researchers have weighed in on the "obesity paradox" with a study that concludes diabetics who are too heavy get no survival benefit. On the contrary, the heavier the diabetic, the likelier an early death. "These data dispel the notion that being overweight or obese confers a survival advantage among diabetics," said Frank B. Hu, a Harvard professor of nutrition and epidemiology.
September 23, 2013 |
Do you know your Quetelet Index? You may, but perhaps you call it Body Mass Index. The nifty ratio - weight divided by the square of height - was invented in the mid-1800s by Belgian social scientist Adolphe Quetelet. But its use as an indicator of obesity-related health risks dates to a 1972 journal article by American scientist Ancel Keys, the man who renamed it. "Ancel Keys' emphasis was on cardiovascular disease," said physician Rexford Ahima of the University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism.
October 3, 2012 |
The percentage of Americans more than 100 pounds overweight, classified as severely obese, jumped by 70 percent almost doubled from 2000 to 2010, according to a new study. The RAND Corp., a nonprofit focused on policy research, said in a study released Monday it found the proportion of Americans who were severely obese rose from 3.9 percent to 6.6 percent over the decade. As an example, a man who stands 5'11" would have to weigh 300 pounds to be classified as severely obese. A 5'4" woman would be 250 pounds.
March 21, 2012 |
JERUSALEM - A new Israeli law bans showing overly thin models in local advertising in an attempt to fight the spread of eating disorders. It also requires publications to disclose when they use altered images of models to make the women and men appear even thinner than they are. The law, passed late Monday, appears to be the first attempt by a government to use legislation to take on a fashion industry accused of abetting eating disorders...
October 31, 2011
Why do Americans die younger, on average, than people in most other industrialized nations? One reason, say University of Pennsylvania researchers, is that we're fatter. Much fatter. And fatter younger . Average life expectancy at age 50 in the United States was reduced in 2006 by 1.54 years for women and 1.85 years for men by unhealthy weight, they calculated. And while just about all developed countries have a fat problem, ours is so much more severe that solving it would wipe out between one-fifth and more than half of the relative shortfall in U.S. longevity.