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August 25, 2015

How Much Sugar Is in Your Beverage?

Here’s a display from an elementary school science fair, cleverly showing how much sugar various beverages contain:

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August 21, 2015

Is the Government Trying to Make Us Fat?

The FDA has proposed new labels on grocery store food products, that adjust serving sizes to more accurately capture what Americans eat. Research I conducted with Steven Dallas and Peggy Liu suggests these labels could be a problem. Here is … Continue reading

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April 27, 2015

The Harms of Believing in Exercise

Can beliefs make you fat? The answer to this question might seem pretty obvious. If I believe that the best way to lose weight is to super-size five meals a day at McDonald’s, while consuming bags of Doritos to tide … Continue reading

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April 16, 2015

Watch Out for Snack Food

People are correctly paying a great deal of attention to just how many calories it is possible to consume at American restaurants these days. The New York Times, in fact, recently showed just how many calories people typically consume at … Continue reading

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April 7, 2015

When Helpful Nudges Aren’t Helpful

Gerald Ashley (twitter handle @Gerald_Ashley) recently tweeted a photo of what was SUPPOSED to be a helpful nudge, reducing the odds that people would bump into each other going up and down the stairs. Can you see what might not … Continue reading

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April 1, 2015

The Things We Do To Lose Weight

Want to lose weight? Then what are you going to do to try to accomplish your goal? Specifically, what will you do to change your eating habits? Probably the best thing you can do – eating habit wise – to … Continue reading

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March 27, 2015

Calling Obesity A Disease Dooms Dieters

In June of 2013, the American Medical Association officially recognized obesity as a disease. The organization had its reasons. For starters, obesity leads to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, early-onset degenerative arthritis…and just about every other illness on the planet. In … Continue reading

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March 10, 2015

More Encouragement to Walk the Stairs

A while back, I posted an interesting effort to get people to walk upstairs, rather than take the escalator. It involved a staircase designed to look like a piano, with musical sounds generated when people stepped on each stair. I … Continue reading

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January 21, 2015

What Causes Couch Potatoes To Eat So Many Potato Chips?

Do you eat when you’re bored? So do I. Then again, I eat when I’m not bored, too. So the real question is: do we all eat more when we’re bored than, say, when we’re highly entertained? The answer, according … Continue reading
January 9, 2015

Brilliant Nudge to Promote Physical Activity

The stairs to the left of the escalator don’t just look like a piano keyboard, but make musical sounds as people walk on each step. Not convinced this will work? Check out this video, which shows people heading towards the … Continue reading

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February 26, 2014 12:51 pm

Obesity Drops Among Young Children in U.S., Report Says

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

Cutting Heart Risk From Obesity: Treat The Symptoms Or The Cause?

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

Study links food-packaging chemical and obesity in girls

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 people aren't meeting exercise guidelines

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 May Be More Likely to Die in Car Crashes (HealthDay)

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

Fast food frequency linked to asthma, eczema severity in children, teens (CBS News)

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

Obesity, lack of insurance cited in U.S. health gap (Yahoo)

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

Study Finds Modest Declines in Obesity Rates Among Young Children From Poor Families (NYT)

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

Doctors Refuses To Treat 200-Pound Woman Because Of Her Weight (Business Insider)

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

Junk Food Laws May Be Answer to Kids' Obesity, Study Says (Fox News)

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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