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December 17, 2014
Have you ever eaten a healthy meal, maybe some brown rice and stir-fried veggies, and found yourself ready for another meal just a short while later? Or, more often couldn’t overcome a hankering for a satisfying dessert to top off … Continue reading →
December 10, 2014
So many foods beckoning us from the grocery store shelves – but which ones are healthy for us to consume? We could study Nutritional Facts labels, but that feels as challenging as the math portion of the SAT, with so … Continue reading →
December 5, 2014
With Thanksgiving behind us, many Americans will not assemble together for a home-cooked meal again for a while. By some estimates, people living in large cities consume the majority of their meals outside the home — at restaurants, coffee shops, bars … Continue reading →
November 21, 2014
The food stamp program helps over 40 million Americans pay for groceries. Unlike other forms of economic assistance, this program, called SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), only pays for food, thereby constraining how recipients make use of the aid. … Continue reading →
November 14, 2014
In collaboration with Peggy Liu and Jim Bettman, I’ve had fun doing some research on just how hard it is for people to guess how many calories they are consuming, at restaurants like Chipotle where everyone puts different ingredients on … Continue reading →
November 11, 2014
Clearly we in the United States are not taking the obesity epidemic as seriously as the Russian government. We debate whether it is appropriate for the government to require restaurants to inform their customers about how many calories they are … Continue reading →
September 18, 2014
My friend and colleague Brian Wansink, from Cornell University, worked with some colleagues to design a preliminary restaurant menu, that maximizes the odds the people will order healthy foods. Trick number one: don’t call them “healthy” foods. Here is an … Continue reading →
September 5, 2014
A while back, one of my favorite journalists – Sarah Kliff, from Vox – published a picture showing which chain restaurants win the award for offering the highest calorie entrées. I figured it was time to recirculate this gallery of … Continue reading →
June 5, 2014
It all comes down to willpower, right? Strength of purpose. Muster the resolve to skip dessert, and you have a shot at losing that spare tire hanging off your belly. Succumb to your temptations, however, and you are simply being … Continue reading →
May 2, 2014
Sarah Kliff, one of my favorite journalists, had a really nice write up on the burrito study recently published by a wonderful student at Duke, Peggy Liu. Here is an excerpt from her right up, and a link to the full … Continue reading →
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February 26, 2014 12:51 pm
The obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-olds dropped by almost half in the U.S. over the past decade, according to a report suggesting a new wave of Americans may avoid the risks of heart disease and diabetes linked to being severely overweight.
November 22, 2013 1:33 pm
A huge new study out today in The Lancet shows that reducing three key factors linked to obesity – high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol – could cut heart disease in obese people by half.
June 14, 2013 1:16 pm
Research suggests strong relationship between BPA and childhood obesity. The chemical can alter the body’s metabolism, making it difficult for children to lose weight.
May 2, 2013 4:26 pm
Most adults in the USA aren’t meeting the federal physical activity recommendations for both aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening activity, according to government statistics out today.
January 22, 2013 1:53 pm
Obese drivers are up to 80 percent more likely to die in a car crash than normal-weight drivers, a new study finds. Car designers may need to take heavier drivers into consideration to keep them safer, the researchers said.
January 15, 2013 11:21 am
Kids who eat lots of fast food may risk more than obesity. A new study finds that children and teens who eat fast food at least three times per week are more likely to face serious symptoms for common health woes such as asthma, eczema and hay fever, compared to their healthy-eating classmates.
January 9, 2013 3:01 pm
Overeating, lack of health insurance access and comparatively high poverty are among the many reasons why Americans are less healthy and die younger than people in other wealthy countries, a report requested by the U.S. government showed on Wednesday.
December 25, 2012 10:23 pm
A new national study has found modest declines in obesity among 2- to 4-year-olds from poor families, a dip that researchers say may indicate that the obesity epidemic has passed its peak among this group.
August 28, 2012 12:45 pm
In an interview with WCVB-TV, Dr. Carter explained, “After three consecutive injuries (with other patients) trying to care for people over 250 pounds, my office is unable to accommodate a certain weight and we put a limit on it.”
And Carter is completely within her professional rights to do so. Under Opinion 9.12 of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, both physicians and patients are free to decline a relationship. “A physician may decline to undertake the care of a patient whose medical condition is not within the physician’s current competence,” the code says.
August 13, 2012 1:45 pm
Laws strictly regulating school sales of junk food and sugary drinks may actually be helping to slow childhood obesity, according to a national study. The study seems to offer the first evidence such efforts could pay off to combat the growing epidemic especially in the Latino community. According to the organization, Leadership for Healthy Communities, 38.2 percent of Hispanic children aged 2-19 are overweight. “That is the statistic that should be our wake-up call,” said Jennifer Ng’andu, Deputy Director of the National Council of La Raza’s health policy project.
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