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Obesity Prevention

Americans Finally Found Something Better To Drink Than Soda

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.19.2016 | Healthy Living

Bottled water consumption is set to overtake soda in the U.S. this year, according to new data from the market research firm Euromonitor. Products lik...

Sleep-Starved: The Obesity and Sleep Connection

Judith Anne Owens, M.D., MPH | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Judith Anne Owens, M.D., MPH

We all know as adults what it takes to lose weight and as parents how to prevent our children from packing on unhealthy pounds in the first place: die...

What's Working to Reduce Obesity?

James R. Knickman | Posted 06.02.2016 | New York
James R. Knickman

A recent study by Drexel University researchers looked at a range of these types of natural experiments being introduced to reduce obesity and assessed their effectiveness. The researchers found mixed results.

Let Them Eat Cake

Donna Fish | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Donna Fish

I remember those days when my kids went from one birthday party to the next, eating what seemed like nothing but cake and ice cream. I also saw the parents who would try to get their kids to not eat the cake, even forbidding it due to the sugar overload for that particular day.

Physical Activity In Schools Is Essential To Reversing Childhood Obesity

Nate Whitman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nate Whitman

Physical activity and movement are critical components to obesity prevention. Yet, the large majority or our children do not achieve the recommended 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous activity each day.

Would the Bloomberg Soda Ban Unfairly Target Poor People?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The interesting question a new study set out to answer focuses on the argument that the so-called soda ban isn't fair because it disproportionately affects low-income people.

Kaiser Permanente's Obesity Prevention Interventions Prove to be a Success for Improving Children's Overall Health

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Linda Novick O'Keefe

Kaiser Permanente's evaluation has shown promising results since it launched its Thriving Schools effort, aimed at helping students, staff and teachers focus on making healthy choices so that schools can become a focal point and beacon of health throughout entire communities.

Is Sugar Making the World Fat, Diabetic, and Hypertensive?

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

The new study in Public Health Nutrition reminds us that in developing countries, sugar intake continues to rise. Therefore, the developing world needs policies that limit added sugars, hopefully before the train leaves the station.

United States of Obesity: How Are States Battling Bulging Health Costs?

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 03.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Scott Kahan, M.D.

Efforts aimed at obesity prevention are well underway, but we are still a nation very uncomfortable with paying for services that could help treat the two-thirds of Americans who carry excess weight.

The Cultural Conundrum: What Really Needs to Change to Promote Obesity Prevention Efforts

Deborah Lewison-Grant | Posted 02.19.2013 | Home
Deborah Lewison-Grant

Schools are powerful platforms for promoting healthier eating, food system reform and sustainability. Ignoring the health of employees puts a valuable asset at risk and misses a critical opportunity to activate school personnel as agents of change.

Attacking an Epidemic From All Sides: One City's Success Story

Yael Lehmann | Posted 12.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Yael Lehmann

Too often when we talk about this nation's obesity crisis, we talk about it as an overwhelming, seemingly unsolvable problem. With 1 in 3 American children overweight or obese, the issue is an urgent one, but as one American city is showing us, a solution is possible.

10 Funny Public Service Ads About Serious Issues (VIDEOS)

Posted 06.27.2011 | Comedy

Anyone who's ever had to raise a sensitive or difficult subject knows there's nothing like humor to break the ice. Armed with this approach, the non-p...

5 Tips To Stay Healthy And Enjoy Aging

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 06.23.2011 | Home
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

When it comes to your health, it's a jungle out there. If you are over 65, the predators include chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

No Obese Child Is An Island

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.29.2011 | Home
David Katz, M.D.

We can make health a family value under our own roof -- and unite the house.

Take Control and Prevent Obesity

David Buer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Buer

At what point do we as American adults say that enough is enough?

Is There An Obesity Tipping Point In Infancy?

TIME | Tiffany O'Callaghan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Increasingly, evidence suggests that obesity-prevention measures need to be taken earlier, in infancy or even before birth....

Nourishing Healthy Children With a Dash of Creativity and Determination

Susan Dell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Susan Dell

Millions of kids are shortening their life expectancy every day with fast foods, sugar and the lure of video games and TV. I believe there is nothing more important than giving our children the gift of wellness.