Obesity Facts

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When dealing with an overweight or obese child, “many parents say he or she will grow out of it,” says Joyce Lee, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at University of Michigan’s Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Parents may say she is just big-boned or has a different body type.”  Mar 23, 2011, 1:44 PM w c
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Study Shows Heavy Babies Had Higher Risk of Becoming Overweight Kids  Dec 31, 2010, 6:04 AM w c
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Analysis Shows Many in U.S. Aren’t Even Aware They Have Diabetes  Jan 26, 2011, 10:35 PM w c
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FDA Panel Supports New Obesity Drug Contrave. Contrave is a combination of two drugs, both of which have been on the market for about 25 years. Bupropion, commonly prescribed to treat depression and also approved to help people quit smoking, curbs the appetite, while naltrexone, approved to treat opioid and alcohol addictions, amplifies this effect.  Dec 8, 2010, 9:32 AM w c
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In Study, Babies Fed Protein Hydrolysate Formula Gained Weight at a Normal Pace  Dec 28, 2010, 10:30 AM w c
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CDC Projects Diabetes Rates Could Grow to 1 in 3 Americans  Oct 22, 2010, 3:49 PM w c
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Study Suggests Link Between Keeping Warm and the Obesity Epidemic  Jan 26, 2011, 1:28 PM w c
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Study Shows Obesity in Moms Before Pregnancy Does Not Raise Risk for Kids’ Later Behavior Problems  Dec 28, 2010, 10:31 AM w c
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Study Shows Changing Unhealthy Habits of Children Can Help Prevent Heart Disease in Adults  Jan 4, 2011, 1:08 PM w c
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Caffeine Intake Among Children Equivalent to Nearly 3 Cans of Soda a Day  Dec 17, 2010, 11:16 AM w c
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Children Who Ate Low-Sugar Cereals Ate Less and Were More Likely to Put Fresh Fruit on Their Cereal, Researchers Say  Dec 14, 2010, 10:11 AM w c
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For First Time, Help Avoiding Bad Foods Added to Help Eating Good Foods  Jan 31, 2011, 11:00 AM w c
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One of the most striking facts about obesity is the powerful inverse relation between obesity and socioeconomic status in the developed world, especially among women1. What is responsible for this association? There are at least three possibilities: obesity influences socioeconomic status, socioeconomic status influences obesity, or a common factor or factors influence both obesity and socioeconomic status. There is evidence to support each of these possibilities, and limits to the evidence for each.  Dec 13, 2010, 1:30 PM w c
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Trimming Obesity Would Save U.S. Cities Billions in Health Care Costs, Study Finds  Jan 29, 2011, 9:21 AM w c
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Trimming Obesity Would Save U.S. Cities Billions in Health Care Costs, Study Finds  Jan 31, 2011, 10:59 AM w c
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The health-related cost of obesity among U.S. workers is $73.1 billion a year -- enough to pay the salaries of 1.8 million new workers.  Oct 11, 2010, 8:43 AM w c
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Raising an active kid isn’t easy for any parent in the age of Xbox and Facebook. If you were a kid who hated gym class and are now an adult who hates the gym, you may find it especially challenging to help your child become more active. You know it's important for her health and psychological well-being, but you don't feel that it's something you can do.  Mar 17, 2011, 10:03 AM w c
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Study Shows Lack of Sleep May Prevent the Loss of Fat  Oct 5, 2010, 9:29 AM w c
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Study: Too Little Sleep Makes You Eat More Fatty Foods  Mar 23, 2011, 1:43 PM w c
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Dec. 13, 2010 -- Increasing taxes on sweetened drinks, such as soda, could lead to modest weight loss at best, particularly among middle-income families, and could generate between $1.5 billion and $2.5 billion in annual revenue, according to a study.  Dec 14, 2010, 10:09 AM w c
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Starting Infants on Solids Before 4 Months Raises Childhood Obesity Risk  Feb 7, 2011, 5:08 PM w c
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Obese teens don’t have enough fresh produce, dairy products, or fiber in their diets and may be more likely than normal-weight teens to develop heart and other health problems, new research indicates.  Mar 22, 2011, 6:58 PM w c
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Are we becoming a nation too fat to defend ourselves? It seems incredible, but these are the facts: As of 2005, at least 9 million young adults -- 27 percent of all Americans ages 17 to 24 -- were too overweight to serve in the military, according to the Army's analysis of national data. And since then, these high numbers have remained largely unchanged.  Dec 13, 2010, 1:29 PM w c
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Study Shows Link Between Weight Gain in Kids and Number of Years a Mom Works  Feb 4, 2011, 9:49 PM w c
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Study Shows Diet High in Processed Foods May Be Tied to Lower IQ Scores  Feb 7, 2011, 5:09 PM w c
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Study Shows Higher Levels at Birth Linked With Better Insulin Sensitivity at Age 3  Oct 11, 2010, 5:03 PM w c
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If you want to help your child lose weight, the best approach varies a bit depending on her age. Here are some specific tips for parents of overweight kids ranging from age 5 to 12.  Mar 17, 2011, 10:02 AM w c
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he increasing prevalence of obesity in children in the United States has been well documented.In 6- to 11-yr-old girls, 27.8% are overweight or at risk of overweight. At risk of developing obesity are children of obese parents, where parental obesity more than doubles the risk of adult obesity among children <10 yr of age.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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There's often a difference between what's popular in practice and what's supported by scientific research. These gaps in evidence can leave some clinicians wondering what screenings and treatments are truly effective.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Children who are tall for their age are more likely to be apple-shaped (abdominally obese) than their counterparts, according to a British study presented at the First International Congress on Abdominal Obesity.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Obesity in children is an increasing public health concern.   Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Eating family meals may help fight obesity in white children, but it doesn't seem to benefit black children much, and could even raise Hispanic boys' obesity risk, new research shows.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Childhood obesity is a significant public health problem because of its immediate impact on the physical and psychological health of children and adolescents, and because it is a risk factor for the development of chronic diseases later in life.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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More than 7% of American boys and 5% of American girls are extremely obese, according to a study published online March 18 in the Journal of Pediatrics.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Food advertising and marketing aimed at children as well as fat-laden restaurant meals are two recent targets of public health advocates seeking to stem skyrocketing childhood obesity rates.  Oct 5, 2010, 9:36 AM w c
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Physicians should take a more aggressive role in helping adults and children manage their dietary intake and avoid obesity and its long-term health effects,  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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he prevalence of hypertension in U.S. children and adolescents appears to be increasing with the growing obesity epidemic.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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I have received more than a couple of complaints from patients because I had suggested that they should consider loosing weight.  Oct 5, 2010, 9:36 AM w c
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There has been a renewed interest in metabolic syndrome in children in recent years in association with increasing childhood obesity, and the origins of metabolic syndrome have been traced back to childhood.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Two new studies this week draw attention to the alarming number of individuals in the US considered overweight or obese  Oct 5, 2010, 9:36 AM w c
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Over the last 20 years, the prevalence of overweight and obesity has increased dramatically in minority youth, which contributes to poor health outcomes  Oct 5, 2010, 9:36 AM w c
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This issue of Staying Well focuses on a major threat facing families in this country: our nation's childhood obesity epidemic and what families can do to combat it.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Obesity is a major public health concern. Obesity predisposes to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Childhood obesity is most prevalent in developed countries. Obesity in children and adolescents may lead to long-term complications. Obesity is usually caused by a combination of overeating and sedentary lifestyle. Obesity charts can help clinicians assess obesity. Treatment for obesity includes dietary modification, exercise, medications, counseling, and obesity surgery.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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bese children and teenagers hospitalized in 2006 in the United Stated had to pay about $1200 more in hospital charges and were kept in the hospital longer than matched controls who were not obese.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Obese children are more likely to be bullied than their nonobese peers regardless of sex, race, socioeconomic status (SES), social skills, or academic achievement  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Childhood obesity continues to be a leading public health concern that disproportionately affects low-income and minority children.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Adults consider obesity the number one threat to children's health in the United States and many believe the problem is getting worse, according to a new poll.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Weight and related problems can be managed successfully, but only with intensive interventions.  Oct 5, 2010, 9:36 AM w c
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Over my 18 years, I have witnessed the ever expanding girth of not only adults but children, too. 15% of children are obese and the rates are climbing! Currently, over 30% of American adults are obese, will that be our children's fate?!  Oct 5, 2010, 9:36 AM w c
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here has been a dramatic increase in the number of overweight and obese children in recent years (World Health Organization, 1997) and studies indicate that children's lives may be shortened as a result of this alarming health problem  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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The annual incidence of type 1 diabetes in Finland was found to be 50/100,000 children under 15 years of age in 1998  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Short nighttime sleep duration in early life is linked to obesity later in life, according to the results of a prospective cohort study reported in the September issue of the Archives of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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The prevalence of obesity and overweight is increasing globally. Frequently coexisting with under-nutrition in developing countries, obesity is a major contributor to chronic disease, and will become a serious healthcare burden especially in countries with a larger percentage of youthful population.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Pediatric obesity is a major public health issue. Over 33% of children and adolescents in the US are now overweight or at-risk for overweight  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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The majority of vending machine food sold in the nation's middle and high schools has little or no nutritional value, a factor that advocates believe is contributing to skyrocketing child obesity rates.  Oct 5, 2010, 9:36 AM w c
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The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends that clinicians screen children ages 6 to 18 years for obesity and refer as appropriate to programs to improve their weight status, according to evidence-based guidelines  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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Spearheaded by Michelle Obama, a new presidential initiative would reverse the child obesity epidemic. The goal, as set out in a report from the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity, is to reduce childhood obesity from 20% to 5% by 2030.  Sep 30, 2010, 3:24 PM w c
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In the past few years, there have been increasing studies reporting that overweight and obese children have poorer school performance than their normal weight peers.  Oct 5, 2010, 9:36 AM w c
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