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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.
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.
Do Americans know they’re fat? According to a recent Associated Press (AP) poll, many are in denial.
The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs between May 17 and 19,
included a representative sample of 1,000 adults nationwide. The AP asked for weight and height and used a government formula to determine if interviewees were overweight.
Six in 10 who qualified as overweight said they were at a healthy weight. Only one-quarter of those who were obese considered themselves very overweight, and just 12% said they were currently on diets.