Electronic health records lag in obesity-related functions

September 24, 2015

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied the use of obesity-related electronic health record (EHR) functions and the characteristics of health care providers and practices who reported using EHRs with weight management functions. The study, “Electronic health records to support obesity-related patient-care: Results from a survey of United States physicians,” was […]

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Motivating kids to be more physically active

May 19, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s body mass index (BMI), finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion. “It was disappointing to find the overall impact of interventions on physical activity was so minimal. It […]

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Motivating kids to be more physically active

May 5, 2014

Parents can help motivate kids to be more physically active, but the influence may not result in an improvement in their children’s body mass index (BMI), finds a new evidence review in the American Journal of Health Promotion. “It was disappointing to find the overall impact of interventions on physical activity was so minimal. It […]

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Study: Obesity’s link to type 2 diabetes not so clear-cut

April 4, 2014

Although it’s a common belief that a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes often follows a large weight gain, a new study challenges that notion. Researchers found that the majority of people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes didn’t get the disease until they’d been overweight or obese for a number of years. What’s more, participants who […]

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Screen time again linked to kids’ extra weight

January 8, 2014

Children and teenagers who spend lots of time in front of screens – especially TVs – tend to gain more weight as they age, according to a new study. The findings are consistent with research suggesting all that idle sitting and exposure to advertisements may fuel poor eating habits… Many parents believe their children are […]

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CDC releases new guide for collecting body mass index measurements

October 3, 2013

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) recently released two new resources for health care providers called the “HL7 Height and Weight Report Implementation Guide” and the “IHE Quality, Research and Public Health Technical Framework Supplement for Healthy Weight.” The tools are designed to help practitioners transmit […]

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Even mild weight loss may lower diabetes risk in obese teens

June 17, 2013

Obese teens do not need to lose large amounts of weight to lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers found that obese teens who reduced their body mass index (BMI) by 8 percent or more had improvements in insulin sensitivity, a measure of how well the body processes insulin and […]

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Sleep less, weigh more

April 16, 2013

By Nicholas Bakalar A new study suggests that adolescent obesity could be decreased if teenagers got more sleep, and the heaviest would benefit most. For a study published last week in Pediatrics, researchers surveyed 1,429 ninth-graders, gathering data on height and weight. The children reported their sleep habits on weekdays and weekends to the nearest […]

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Not all screens are equal when it comes to obesity risk: TV may have greatest effect

April 10, 2013

By Bonnie Rochman Sitting in front of a screen can increase the risk of obesity, but TV seems to have a larger effect on weight than computers or video games. Computers, televisions, smartphones, and tablets are all responsible for keeping more kids more sedentary and mesmerized by a screen, but a new study in Pediatrics found some surprising […]

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