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Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death

Written by Lisa Wade, Ph.D.

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 between 18.5-24.9. Everything over that is "overweight" or "obese" and everything under is "underweight."

Written On Sunday, August 24 2014 14:43

Three Reasons Why "World Toilet Day" Matters

Written by Lisa Schechtman

It’s been 12 years since November 19 was first deemed World Toilet Day. This year, though, there’s a lot more fanfare.  That’s because the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution that, for the first time, makes November 19 an official day of international observance to recognize the 2.5 billion people in the world who live without a toilet.

Written On Thursday, November 14 2013 10:15

Unwarranted Stigma in Sickle Cell Disease

Congress designated September as National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month to help focus attention on the need for research and treatment of sickle cell disease.  Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited condition that affects an estimated 100,000 individuals in the United States and millions globally.

Written On Thursday, October 03 2013 12:01

Who's Afraid of Universal Healthcare?

Written by Scott Carroll

The glaring illogicality just ruining the great theater that is Republican opposition to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), to its apparent imposition of a communal healthcare system upon the storied, once truly free and independent American man (Sorry ladies, I do believe this is stated correctly.), is that this dreaded communal calamity is already the state of healthcare in the United States; it is a communal, universal system of the most ineffective and expensive sort. Whether or not the United States will adopt a universal healthcare system is a non-debate,that decision was made in the affirmative long ago when Congress passed the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act of 1986.

Written On Tuesday, September 24 2013 13:00

Perceptions of Overweight: Parallels Between Obesity and Eating Disorders

Written by Antwan Jones

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 being obese – heart diseasestrokediabetes – are dire, a recent journal article in Pediatrics suggests that overweight children who have lost a considerable amount of weight are at an increased risk of developing eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia later in life.

Written On Tuesday, September 17 2013 10:11

Teen Pregnancy is the Main Reason Girls Drop Out of School. Let's Change This.

Written by Terri Wright

One in three teenage girls who have dropped out of high school give pregnancy or parenthood as the key reason. Once they leave, only half of them complete their high school education by age 22, compared with 90 percent of their non-parenting peers.

Written On Monday, September 09 2013 09:46

Policy Round Up: Food Insecurity and SNAP

Written by Tyler Grote

Food insecurity is a major concern for millions across the country and federal assistance remains a political divisive issue. Recently, House Republicans proposed to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—formerly known as food stamps—thrusting the program back into the spotlight in Washington.

Written On Friday, September 06 2013 15:59

Re-imagining the Future in Papua New Guinea

Written by Lisa Schechtman

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is a small country in the south Pacific not too far from Australia’s northern-most tip. It’s fascinating and beautiful, made up of more than 600 islands and 800 languages. A full 86% of the population lives in rural areas, many nowhere near even a dirt road. In our world of rapid urbanization and homogenization, this is almost unheard of.

Written On Tuesday, July 30 2013 16:48

Join Members of Congress, Take the #SNAPChallenge

Why would Members of Congress commit to spend only $4.50 a day on food and live on the budget of the average SNAP recipient? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly called Food Stamps), is an essential lifeline that helps put food on the table for 47 million hungry Americans, and it is under fire.

Written On Wednesday, June 12 2013 16:06

The Life Expectancy of People with Down Syndrome

Written by Lisa Wade, Ph.D.

Most of us familiar with Down‘s Syndrome know that it brings characteristic facial features and delayed or impaired cognitive development. People with Down, however, are also more vulnerable than the general population to diabetes, leukemia, and infectious and autoimmune disease, and about 40% are born with heart defects.

Written On Wednesday, June 12 2013 09:35
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