December 24, 2008 |
The worsening economic crunch is causing the tab for food assistance programs to balloon, and with the rising costs has come an intensifying debate over whether -- and how -- the U.S. government can tackle simultaneously the paradoxically linked problems of hunger and obesity. The statistics spell out the dilemma. The number of Americans on food stamps topped 31.5 million in September, a record high. Obesity, too, is at epidemic levels: In 30 states, at least 25 percent of the population is dangerously overweight.
May 24, 2009 |
Children playing in front yards or riding bikes along sidewalks are an uncommon sight in most Loudoun County neighborhoods. The lure of video games is keeping youngsters indoors, and their inactivity has led to rising rates of childhood obesity in Loudoun and communities nationwide, according to health officials. Leesburg parks officials recently addressed the issue by launching efforts to teach children the benefits of fit and healthy lifestyles. Next month, the Leesburg Parks and Recreation Department will start offering such...
May 13, 2008
People who sleep fewer than six hours a night -- or more than nine -- are more likely to be obese, finds a new government study, one of the largest to show a link between irregular sleep and big bellies. The study also linked light sleepers to higher smoking rates, less physical activity and more alcohol use. The research adds weight to a stream of studies that have found obesity and other health problems in those who don't get proper shut-eye, said Ron Kramer, a Colorado physician and a spokesman for the American Academy of Sleep...
November 11, 2008 |
TUESDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Kids these days are 13 going on 45, at least when it comes to their arteries. According to research presented Tuesday at the American Heart Association's annual scientific sessions in New Orleans, obese adolescents had arteries more representative of someone three decades older. "These data further illustrate the potential detrimental effects of obesity and its related risk factors, particularly components of the metabolic syndrome, on cardiovascular disease in children," said Dr. Carl Lavie, medical...
August 22, 2012 |
The use of antibiotics in young children might lead to a higher risk of obesity, and two new studies, one on mice and one on humans, conclude that changes of the intestinal bacteria caused by antibiotics could be responsible. Taken together, the New York University researchers conclude that it might be necessary to broaden our concept of the causes of obesity and urge more caution in using antibiotics. Both studies focus on the early age, because that is when obesity begins, the scientists say. ...
June 7, 2012
I applaud New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to curb soda consumption [" New York's plan to curb soda size stirs new controversy over obesity ," news article," June 3]. But when people pass a food truck, they see items that can be just as dangerous to their health as is soda, such as cheeseburgers, hot dogs and potato chips. Such junk food, like soda, can be high in sugar. It also tends to be usually high in sodium, fat and cholesterol, all major contributors to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.