Plenty of headlines lately have warned about the risks of frequent and extensive periods of sitting. Here’s another risk to add to the list: a connection between sedentary behavior and pulmonary embolisms—blockage of the main artery of the lung—among women. The researchers followed 69,950 female nurses for 18 years, with the subjects completing biennial surveys on lifestyle habits, such as amount of time spent sitting. The scientists discovered that 49% of respondents sat between 11 and 40 hours per week and 22% sat for 41 hours or more.
Here’s another bit of news to help encourage overweight men to drop the extra pounds. A link has been found between excess weight in 18-year-old males and increased risk of cancer-related death later in life. The Harvard Alumni Health Study cohort involved 19,593 males who had had physical examinations when they were 18. The men then submitted follow-up questionnaires at age 45, with a final vital status follow-up at a maximum of 82 years. After analyzing the data, researchers learned that 2,395 of the men had died of some form of cancer.
Willy Wonka is dancing a jig with the Oompa Loompas and the rest of the candy industry.
A controversial new study from Louisiana State University published in the peer-reviewed Swedish journal Food & Nutrition Research (2011) showed that kids and adolescents who ate candy were significantly less likely to be overweight or obese.
As the economy slumps, health experts expect more Americans to develop paunchy guts and bigger butts by packing on “recession pounds.” Plunging personal earnings lead to tighter spending; and many people ditch their gym memberships and buy fewer fresh fruits, vegetables, fish and low-fat meats in favor of cheaper edibles loaded with sugar and fat. Couple that with the specter of unemployment and stress and we have the perfect recipe for weight gain.
It seems the U.S. Coast Guard is feeling the weight of the American population’s widened waistlines. The service has recently changed its regulations regarding the amount of weight—and number of passengers—allowed aboard seafaring vessels.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 71% of moms were employed in 2007. Some research has shown an association between mothers who work and children with higher BMIs. A recent study published in Child Development (2011; 82 , 66–81) suggests that the length of a mother’s employment may be more associated with her child’s BMI, as opposed to the fact of employment alone.newsletter_teaser: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 71% of moms were employed in 2007. Some research has shown an association between mothers who work and children with higher BMIs. A recent study published in Child Development (2011; 82 , 66–81) suggests that the length of a mother’s employment may be more associated with her child’s BMI, as opposed to the fact of employment alone.
Health officials recently announced a new direction in the effort to curb America's obesity epidemic: science will move from the lab into practice through clinical trials aimed at prevention and treatment. "This plan is a bold blueprint that will encourage the research community to examine the epidemic of obesity from diverse perspectives," National Institutes of Health (NIH) director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, said in an NIH press release.
As obesity rates continue to rise, it seems all sectors of the population are affected. A newly published study of 16,400 children born in the United States in 2001 has revealed that 31.9% of 9-month-old babies and 34.3% of 2-year-olds were obese or at risk for obesity. The study appeared in the January/February issue of the American Journal of Health Promotion (2011; 25 , 190). Hispanic children and children from lower-income families had the highest obesity risk of all populations. Male children were at greater risk than female children.
The obesity epidemic seems to be attracting more interest than ever in our nation’s capital. Considering the burden that obesity places on our healthcare system and, ultimately, our ballooning deficit, there is a dire need for us to continue attacking this problem. We made two trips to Washington, DC, in December and January to meet with leaders of two important groups working toward eliminating obesity: the Let’s Move campaign and the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA).