Obesity

1:24am

Mon March 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Your Child's Fat, Mine's Fine: Rose-Colored Glasses And The Obesity Epidemic

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 6:30 pm

Adam Cole NPR

About 69 percent of American adults are overweight or obese, and more than four in five people say they are worried about obesity as a public health problem.

But a recent poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health revealed a curious schism in our national attitudes toward obesity: Only one in five kids had a parent who feared the boy or girl would grow up to be overweight as an adult.

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2:46pm

Fri March 1, 2013
The Salt

How Did Our Brains Evolve To Equate Food With Love?

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 10:12 am

Bonobos share a piece of fruit at the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Jingzhi Tan Duke University

If food is love, Americans must love their kids a lot. About one-third of children and adolescents in the U.S. are overweight or obese.

And our emotional response to food may be one of the reasons so many kids eat so much, according to a poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health. The poll found that in more than a quarter of families, food is considered an important way to show affection.

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10:00am

Wed February 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

When Sizing Up Childhood Obesity Risks, It Helps To Ask About Random Kids

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 10:17 am

A poll needs to ask about randomly selected children in households across the country to bring context to what's happening with kids like 7-year-old Henry Condes in Los Angeles.
David Gilkey NPR

To understand the challenges around childhood obesity in the U.S., you need to take a close look at the lives of children and the households in which their habits are formed.

NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, where I'm a researcher, created a unique poll to do that.

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11:27am

Fri February 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Don't Count On Extra Weight To Help You In Old Age

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 7:47 am

Extra weight is no defense against aging, says a demographer who argues that the apparent benefits from being overweight are a mirage.
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Wouldn't it be great, considering how many of us are overweight, if carrying a few extra pounds meant we'd live longer?

A recent analysis of nearly 100 published studies involving almost 3 million people found, surprisingly, that being a little overweight was associated with a lower risk of death than having a normal weight or being obese.

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4:07pm

Thu February 7, 2013
The Salt

Fried Chicken And Sweet Tea: Recipe For A Stroke

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 1:04 pm

Delicious, yes. But it's really not health food.
Todd Patterson iStockphoto.com

Fried chicken washed down with sweet tea — it's a classic Southern lunch. That fat/sweet nexus is also a recipe for a stroke, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, have been trying to nail down how diet relates to stroke, particularly in the "Stroke Belt" — the Southeastern states that have the dubious distinction of hosting the nation's highest stroke rates.

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