Three years ago the Institute of Medicine
(IOM) issued a call to action in response to the rapidly escalating problem of
childhood obesity in the United States. It challenged all stakeholders—the
federal government, industry and media, state and local governments, healthcare
professionals, community and nonprofit organizations, schools and families—to
On June 17, a
first-ever obesity-related walk will take place in Washington, DC. According to
a press release, “Walk from Obesity—Walk on the Capitol” is an effort to bring
national attention to the obesity epidemic in hopes that the government—and the
country as a whole—will take greater strides to combat it.
“The Walk on the Capitol is
intended to send a powerfu...
Some experts believe that if childhood obesity rates in the U.S. continue to rise, the current generation of kids could become the first in American history to live shorter lives than their parents.
To combat this growing epidemic, the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation joined together in 2005 to form the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The Allia...
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is on a
mission. After his city made the Forbes.com top-20 list of America’s most obese
cities, Cornett decided it was time for a change. So, to inspire his citizens
to fitness, Cornett challenged them to drop a collective 1 million pounds
before the end of the year. To convey his message he has...
Researchers are spending more time
finding out what kinds of things will make children more likely to move their
bodies. One recent study, conducted at the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill School of Public Health, found ...
A study in the
December 6 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine gives new credence to keeping kids fit throughout
childhood: children who carry excess weight are more likely to develop coronary
heart disease (CHD) when they become adults.
A study released last November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that the number of women who are obese in the United States seems to have hit a plateau, and men’s obesity rates may be leveling as well. However, the CDC concedes that U.S. adults aged 20 and older are still grappling with high levels of obesity at 34%.
The report, “Obesity Amo...
Cardiovascular health has improved in older obese people in the United States, according to a study in the November 7, 2007, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (2007; 298 , 2020–27). Recent research has suggested that this population may have grown healthier since the 1960s, with the prevalence of high cholesterol and high blood pressure declining. However, ...