Acknowledging obesity as a global epidemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed its Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health at the annual Health Assembly in Geneva.
According to a WHO press release, the new policy addresses
two of the major risk factors responsible for noncommunicable
diseases (NCDs), which now account for 60% of global deaths. NCDs include cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer and obesity-related conditions.
According to the Bariatric Surgery Clinical Research Consortium from the National Institutes of Health, bariatric surgical procedures have become well established in the treatment of extreme obesity since 1991. Experts estimate that 40,000 bariatric surgical procedures were carried out in the United States in 2001. That number is growing rapidly as desperate people give up on conventional ways to shed fat.
Do you believe there’s a point when a person has exhausted all traditional methods of weight loss and must turn to such an extreme measure?
Men and women handle being overweight very differently, according to the Simmons Market Research Bureau. The consumer research company polled 9,882 adults between January and
May 2003, capturing statistics on standard demographics, height and weight. The information appeared in the March 2004 issue of American Demographics.
Don't be surprised if the next time you are in a fast-food restaurant you are asked this question: "Want a pedometer with that?" McDonald's Corp. recently announced that it is introducing a new line of Go Active™! adults Happy Meals as part of its ongoing Balanced Lifestyles Platform.
Borrowing on the success of its Happy Meals for kids, the company’s latest offering for big people consists of a salad, bottled water, and a pedometer to “promote walking and well-being.” This new move is part of a campaign
Deconditioned people who feel overwhelmed by the idea of starting an exercise and diet program can be confident that small steps do matter. A study finds that overweight, sedentary adults who are not dieting can stop future weight gain by participating in moderate exercise. The study, published in the January issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, included 120 overweight men and women between the ages of 40 and 65.
Proving that anybody can threaten to sue anybody over anything, a Wisconsin man recently sued his cable company for the 50 pounds his wife allegedly gained by watching too much TV. In addition to monetary awards, the suit (which was later dropped) asked for a lifetime supply of free Internet service from Charter Communications!
Unconditional love can be dangerous if it prevents parents from acknowledging and acting on a child’s weight problem. According to British researchers doing a long-term diabetes study in 54 schools in Plymouth, England, some parents are turning a blind eye to obesity.
According to a study in the December 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, children can reduce their body fat by 0.4% by simply adding one 8-ounce glass of skim milk or an 8-ounce serving of yogurt to their existing daily calcium intake. Doing so is also likely to decrease kids’ daily consumption of carbonated beverages. The researchers recommended that “attempts to increase dietary calcium focus on low-fat, calcium-rich foods.”a breakfast
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