Mon September 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Calling Obesity A Disease May Make It Easier To Get Help

Originally published on Tue September 17, 2013 7:04 am

Differences in brain chemistry can affect an individual's likelihood of weight gain.
Katherine Streeter for NPR

Under the Affordable Care Act, more insurance plans are expected to start covering the cost of obesity treatments, including counseling on diet and exercise as well as medications and surgery. These are treatments that most insurance companies don't cover now.

The move is a response to the increasing number of health advocates and medical groups that say obesity should be classified as a disease.

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Fri September 6, 2013
The Salt

Skipping Breakfast Makes You Fat? Not So Fast

Originally published on Fri September 6, 2013 2:19 pm

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"Studies show there is an association between regularly skipping breakfast and higher body mass index," an obesity researcher says. "But it does not necessarily represent cause and effect."

The world of dieting is awash in half-truths and wishful thinking. Just have a look at some of these fad diets to be reminded of how much we are willing to stretch reason in pursuit of weight loss.

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Wed August 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Diverse Gut Microbes, A Trim Waistline And Health Go Together

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 4:39 pm

The tale of the tape may be told, in part, by the microbes inside you.

Scientists have discovered new clues about how microbes in our digestive systems may affect health.

European researchers found that the less diverse those microbes are, the more likely people are to gain weight, become obese and develop risk factors for serious health problems.

Evidence has been mounting in recent years that bacteria and other organisms in our bodies do a lot more than just help us digest food.

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Tue August 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Falling Obesity Rates Among Preschoolers Mark Healthful Trend

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 5:47 am

This map from the CDC shows decreases (light blue) and increases (gray) in obesity prevalence among low-income, preschool-aged children from 2008-2011.

A fresh analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the tide may be turning on the childhood obesity front.

After decades of steady increases, 19 states and U.S. territories saw small decreases in their rates of obesity among low-income preschoolers. And another 20 states held steady at current rates.

A CDC map shows several Southern states — including Florida, Georgia and Mississippi — that are part of the downward trend.

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Mon July 29, 2013
Shots - Health News

How To Find A Path Off The Dreaded Diet Plateau

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 10:12 am

Illustration by Tim Robinson for NPR

Chances are that if you've ever lost weight following a strict diet and exercise regimen, you've also reached the diet plateau. On that lonely plateau, pounds never seem to melt away, no matter how hard you try to shed them.

You're not alone. Consider the plight of Susan Carierre. When the 5-foot-6-inch Carriere hit 230 pounds, she decided to enroll in a weight-loss program at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center near her home in Baton Rouge, La.

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