With so many children today at risk for obesity, where can concerned parents and health professionals get credible advice on how to instill healthy food and exercise habits? Here are two new free resources that fit the bill:
Helping Your Overweight Child is a four-pa...
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced a new Medicare coverage policy that could make it easier for beneficiaries to receive weight loss treatment. Under the plan, anti-obesity interventions would be made available “if scientific and medical evidence demonstrate their effectiveness in improving . . . health outcomes.”
Report Highlights Human Poundage
If you’re among those who believe that simply stating body mass index (BMI)
isn’t enough to shock Americans into action, the results of a recent report may arm you with the “reality research” you need to prove a point.
In January, a nationwide study of 12,094 adults—sponsored by the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association and conducted by American Sports Data (ASD)—projected that 3.8 million Americans weigh more than 300 pounds.
IDEA member Kim Ruby, a Los Angeles–based personal fitness trainer and yoga instructor, works with many overweight and obese clients who also have various health concerns. While some of her clients are referred by physicians and dietitians with whom she has built professional relationships, many learn about her by word of mouth, not through their doctors. Ruby has often been shocked at how few physicians recommend exercise as a preventive measure.
Although short-term studies have shown that conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) can reduce body fat mass and increase lean mass, the long-term effects of this dietary supplement have not been researched. Now, a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2004; 79 , 1118–25) has determined that CLA may have long-term effects on reducing body fat in overweight but otherwise healthy adults.
With so much news about the obesity epidemic plaguing today’s kids, researchers recently set out to discover if there has been an increase in the number of cases of metabolic syndrome in this population. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), metabolic syndrome is a constellation
of medical conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, that are thought to be caused by insulin resistance or glucose intolerance. The AHA estimates that approximately 20%–25% of American adults suffer from this condition.