Researchers know that 1 in 7 kids today is obese, yet few studies have measured how obesity affects a child’s quality of life. Now, a new study in the April 9 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has confirmed what many suspected: Compared to their healthy and normal-weight counterparts, obese kids have a significantly lower quality of life. Even more distressing, their quality of life is similar to that of children diagnosed with cancer.
Released by David Satcher, MD, PhD
U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease
November-December 2002 IDEA HEALTH & FITNESS SOURCE
Overweight and obesity have reached nationwide epidemic proportions. Both the prevention and treatment of overweight and obesity and their associated health problems are important public health goals. To achi...
Gender Differences in Fat Metabolism
The incidence of obesity in the United States is on the rise. Approximately 20 percent (%) of U.S. adult females and 19% of U.S. adult males are currently obese (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2002). Why?
Primarily because, for most individuals, energy intake constantly exceeds energy expenditure. According to Blair and Nichaman...
By Ralph La Forge, MS
E x e rc i s e a s Medicine: Convincing Evidence
Booth, F.W. et al. 2002. Waging war on physical inactivity: using modern molecular ammunition against an ancient enemy. Journal of Applied Physiology, 93, 3-30. Study. Exercise scientists from the University of Missouri at Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and East Carolina University in Gree...
By Ralph La Forge, MS
Hormone Replacement T h e r a p y E ff i c a c y Revisited (HERS II) Health Science Education for Personal Fitness Tr a i n e r s Obesity Linked t o C o ro n a r y A t h e ro s c l e ro s i s i n Yo u n g M e n
Hormone Replacement Therapy Efficacy Revisited (HERS II) Hulley, S., et al. 2002. Noncardiovascular disease outcomes during 6.8 years of hormone therapy: H...
t is well documented that being overweight or obese is associated with numerous serious health risks. However, researchers have been finding that people can be healthy, fit and fat. Philip Walker, MS, managing partner of the Dallas-based Walker Wellness Clinic, a comprehensive eating disorder treatment center incorporating psychotherapy, medication management, nutrition therapy and...
Obesity and overweight statistics can vary widely from study to study, mainly because of the criteria each uses to classify persons as overweight or obese. Usually, a baseline number represented as body mass index (BMI) is used to differentiate one group from another. The following statistics were provided by the Weight-Control Information Network of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health (except where noted in superscript).