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

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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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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Childhood Obesity: Are We Playing Russian Roulette With Our Kids Future?

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Educators, policymakers and government officials have been working tirelessly to improve the academic achievement of America’s children at the local, state and national level. Yet drastic budget cuts, larger classroom sizes, a shortage of quality teachers and a failing physical infrastructure of aging school buildings all contribute to the challenges faced when addressing the improvement […]

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Where is the Rage in Communities of Color?

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Every day we are bombarded with facts and figures that point to the poor health of people living in communities of color. We are more obese, our children are less likely to outlive their parents—the first time in history that this has happened. People of color are more likely to suffer from diabetes, hypertension and […]

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Why Albert is Fat

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When the Three Stooges attacked each other with hammers and eye-poking fingers, generations of TV-watchers found their antics to be funny but hardly something to emulate. Fat Albert and his legions of fans among minority children are a different story. His jolly demeanor and loveable nature are inseparably associated with his girth.

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