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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

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

Playing Smart: A New Guide to Help Communities Open the Schoolyards

Written by Manel Kappagoda

We’ve never needed safe play spaces in our communities more than we do now. Nearly a third of kids and adolescents in America – and two-thirds of adults – are overweight or obese.Many are urged to get more exercise but can’t follow this advice very easily where they live. Walking and bicycling are dangerous on roads designed for cars. Safe parks and playgrounds can be few and far between, especially in low-income communities.

Written On Tuesday, March 13 2012 11:23

Improving Health and Building Wealth: Meeting Two Goals with Many Strategies

Written by Christine Fry

What’s the most promising way to keep obesity prevention efforts going in this economic climate?

Strategies that are good for health and business alike.

The obesity crisis is threatening more than our health and our children’s well-being. It’s taking a major toll on our already fragile economy: costs associated with obesity total about $147 billion a year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Written On Friday, March 02 2012 15:45

The Growing Obesity Epidemic Among Latino Youth

Written by Amelie G. Ramirez

Obesity causes more than 15 percent of this country’s preventable deaths—more than alcohol, toxins, care accidents, gun-related deaths, drug abuse and STDs combined— and it causes a huge financial strain on the health care system.

Written On Thursday, January 19 2012 10:50

Let's Move! Sarah Palin

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

Former Governor Sarah Palin recently claimed that First Lady Michelle Obama's childhood obesity prevention campaign inappropriately usurps the role of parents in making food choices for their children. Her critical comments fail to recognize that, in too many instances, parents have become prisoners of school and community environments that restrict their child's access to healthy food and physical activity options.

Written On Thursday, November 25 2010 12:41
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