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New commentary explores the negative impact of weight bias

September 22, 2014

Theodore Kyle and Rebecca Puhlare are participants on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. In a new commentary, Kyle and Puhlare examine the negative impact of weight bias on finding solutions to the obesity epidemic. In the paper the authors describe the how weight bias, an often neglected issue, impedes progress toward […]

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Help CDC spread the word about obesity during September’s National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 19, 2014

Approximately 1 of every 5 (17%) children in the United States has obesity, and certain groups of children are more affected than others. Childhood obesity puts children at early risk for type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease—conditions usually associated with adulthood. There is no single or simple solution to childhood obesity.  It […]

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Insights into Landmark Calorie Declines in the U.S. Food Marketplace

September 17, 2014

NCCOR’s Connect & Explore Webinar provides an in-depth look at the findings and groundbreaking methods from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation evaluation In an unprecedented review of the U.S. food system, researchers have, for the first time, used big data to track the number of foods and beverages consumed and purchased by Americans. The assessment, […]

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Rates of abdominal obesity leveling off among kids

September 15, 2014

By Kathryn Doyle After rising steadily for more than 10 years, the proportion of U.S. kids defined as obese due to a large waist circumference held steady [from] 2003–2012, according to a new analysis of national data. The new results echo recent studies that found the increase in U.S. obesity rates has slowed over the […]

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Walking, biking, and taking public transit tied to lower weight

September 11, 2014

By Andrew Seaman People who walk, bike, or take public transportation to work tend to be thinner than those who ride in their own cars, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. The new findings — including that taking public transportation was just as beneficial as the other “active commuting” modes — point […]

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Train your brain to crave healthy food

September 9, 2014

By Jacque Wilson It may be possible to rewire your brain so that it wants — craves, even — healthier foods. How? By following a healthy diet. We know, that wasn’t the quick fix to afternoon ice cream binges you were hoping for. But this research could lead to a more sci-fi solution to the obesity […]

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One in four U.S. kids underestimate their weight

September 8, 2014

Many obese and overweight kids don’t see themselves that way, which makes achieving a healthy weight almost impossible, researchers report. In a new study, 27 percent of children and teens underestimated their weight. Fewer than 3 percent overestimated it. About 25 percent of parents underestimated their child’s weight and just 1 percent overestimated it, according […]

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Access to places for safe physical activity on the rise

September 4, 2014

By Ana B. Ibarra Physical activity among adults and teens is on the rise, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The State Indicator Report on Physical Activity 2014 revealed that 54.5 percent of youths in the country have access to parks or playground areas, recreation centers, community […]

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Don’t forget: Register for Sept. 10 webinar on U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity

September 2, 2014

At a congressional briefing in April, the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP), in collaboration with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), released the groundbreaking 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. NPAP focuses on tactics and strategies for addressing physical activity. The report card is the first in a […]

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Study examines effects of ‘neighborhood poverty’ on obesity

August 29, 2014

By Karene Booker By age 2, poor children have gained more weight than their wealthier counterparts. But after age 2, neighborhood poverty, not family poverty, puts the pounds on, finds a new study, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. About one-third of America’s children are overweight or obese, but rates are highest among […]

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