Baltimore’s Big Soda Moment: Why Access to Sugary Drink Information Is a Civil Rights Issue

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Baltimore’s corners are often associated with the public health threat presented by illicit drug dealing and use but there is another, more unassuming, danger lurking inside corner stores and supermarkets: sugar-sweetened beverages. The Baltimore City Council will consider a bill next week to include a warning label on sugary drinks similar to those that appear […]

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Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death

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Last year the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study aiming to determine the relationship between body mass index and the risk of premature death. Body mass index, or BMI, is the ratio between your height and weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, you are “normal weight” if your ratio is […]

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Perceptions of Overweight: Parallels Between Obesity and Eating Disorders

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At a family reunion that I recently attended, I was approached by one of my distant cousins with a revelation that immediately stopped me in my tracks: “I need to lose weight.” What was troubling about the statement is that these words were spoken by a self-doubting, weight-appropriate, eight-year-old child. While the health consequences of […]

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Is America Willing to Pay the High Price for Childhood Obesity?

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The measurements of childhood obesity go beyond the scales, the doctors’ offices, and health care dollars. Overweight and obese children are underperforming in the classroom and on standardized tests. The support of policies and funding that would improve the health outcomes for 30 percent of our school aged children would help to elevate test scores, […]

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