Tag: obesity

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August 31, 2016

Do You Overeat? Blame Childhood Stress

Lots of us eat when we are stressed. But did you know that even when we are not currently under stress, the amount of food we eat might be influenced by the stress we experienced as children? That’s the conclusion … Continue reading

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August 26, 2016

How to Stop Over-Eating — Lessons from Brain Science

Put our brains into the modern food environment, and you have a recipe for disaster. Our brains are hardwired to crave calorie-dense foods, this craving no doubt arising from our evolutionary time spent on the Tundra where calories were often … Continue reading

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July 5, 2016

How Supermarkets Influence Shoppers

Here is a great graphic from the Center for Science in the Public Interest laying out how supermarkets lay out food to encourage impulse purchases: So much for “free” markets!    

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March 8, 2016

Absolutely Hilarious Nudge

I have absolutely no confidence that this approach will work, but I don’t even care because it is so hilarious. Thanks to Pelle Hansen (@Peguha) for tweeting this image.

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March 2, 2016

Only Proven Treatment for Obesity

I blog frequently about obesity. I think the most important thing we can do, as a nation, to combat obesity is to try to prevent our next generation of children from becoming obese. Once people become obese, almost no diet … Continue reading

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February 11, 2016

Financial Disparities and Abdominal Girth  

I recognize that correlation does not prove causation. But here is a picture illustrating the correlation between income inequality and the percent of a country’s population that is obese. The findings are provocative, to say the least. Making the relationship … Continue reading

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February 8, 2016

Beware of Large Pizza Slices!

Pizza is pizza, and a full stomach is a full stomach. But when restaurants slice pizza into smaller pieces, you are probably likely to consume less pizza: The post Beware of Large Pizza Slices! appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
October 1, 2015

Action Movies Create Couch Potatoes

ICYMI: When people watch action movies, they consume more calories. The post Action Movies Create Couch Potatoes appeared first on PeterUbel.com.
September 15, 2015

Does Africa Have an Overeating Problem?

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September 1, 2015

Are You Overweight If Your Mom Thinks You Look Fine?

None of us view our children objectively. To a parent, Junior is always smarter, more talented and more attractive than objective evidence would indicate. But look at just how skewed parents’ views of their children are, when it comes to … 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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