June 26, 2013 |
There may be an economic cure for the nation's obesity : Hike the price of food. Raising the price of a calorie for home consumption by 10 percent might lower the percentage of body fat in youths about 8 or 9 percent, according to new research from the National Bureau of Economic Research. "An increase in the price of a calorie regardless of its source would improve obesity outcomes," according to a working paper that three researchers prepared for the private, nonprofit bureau.
December 31, 2012 |
Older people in China remember the Great Famine of 1958-61, when 15 million to 45 million people died of hunger and related causes. Today, nearly every street corner in Beijing and many other cities seems to boast a McDonald's. There are KFC outlets in almost every Chinese city, 3,700 in all. Meanwhile, newly minted members of the Chinese middle class have rushed to buy cars, leaving bicycles that were once a major source of exercise rusting on the street. Pizza Hut is...
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...
May 11, 2012
Regarding Kathleen Parker's May 9 op-ed " Eating our way into a disaster ": Obese people do not "waddle around," as Ms. Parker suggested. Ducks waddle, and obese people walk just like people of other shapes and sizes. Parker also described fat as a plague, but is it really? Fat is crucial for our brains, plays an important role in protecting our internal organs and, last time I looked in the mirror, I thought the fat on my body made me beautiful. The tone of Parker's piece provided more incentive for judging and belittling...
September 16, 2013 |
Migraines Obesity may make migraines more likely THE QUESTION Might how much someone weighs have a bearing on his or her chance of experiencing migraines? THIS STUDY analyzed data on 3,862 adults (average age, 47), including 188 who had occasional migraines, occurring an average of 41 days a year. People who were obese (with a body mass index of 30 or higher) were 81 percent more likely to have migraines than were people of normal weight. The trend was strongest among white women younger than 50. Also, the...