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Immigrants Face Fattening Future in United States

By Joy Keller | February 28, 2005 |

People who come to the United States from other countries tend to be as obese as U.S. natives after 15 years, according to an article in the December 15 issue of JAMA (2004; 292 (23), 2860–67).
Investigators looked at data from the 2000 National Health Interview Survey. Of 32,374 eligible people, about 14% were immigrants. When these foreign-born persons had lived in the Un…

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Media Morsels

By Joy Keller | January 31, 2005 |

What kid doesn’t like the circus? Instead of sitting in rapt attention in the audience, students from Chicago’s Ogden School and Cicero’s Roosevelt Elementary got a chance last November to learn how to keep fit the circus performer way.
The interactive Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® CircusFit program aims to inspire healthy life choices in kids by…

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Obesity and Low Physical Activity Linked to Endometrial Cancer Risk

By Joy Keller | January 31, 2005 |

According to a report in the November 3 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2004; 96 [21], 1635–38), obesity and low physical activity are strong, independent risk factors for endometrial cancer.
Researchers analyzed data from 62,573 women who participated in The Netherlands Cohort Study on Diet and Cancer. During the follow-up years from 1986 to 1995, a…

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Study: Nearly 30 Percent of Workforce is Obese

By Joy Keller | January 31, 2005 |

More and more, the American workplace is in need of wellness intervention strategies. A study in the December 2004 issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM) (2004; 46 [12], 1196– 1203) found that obesity is becoming more common among workers and is leading to cardiovascular problems and various work limitations.
Using clinical measurements fr…

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Dignity Before Diets

By Joy Keller | September 30, 2004 |

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.”

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Yoga for Plus Sizes

By IDEA Authors | January 31, 2004 |

As a plus-size person, are you curious to try yoga but convinced it won’t work for your body? The good news is you can benefit from yoga’s positive physiological and psychological effects. Practicing yoga can be one of the most enjoyable and rewarding ways for you to become healthy, build confidence and self-esteem, and sometimes achieve weight loss.

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Managing Metabolic Syndrome

By Diane Lofshult | December 31, 2003 |

Metabolic syndrome is a collection of health risks that increase an individual’s chances of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes. These health risks include excessive fat tissue in the abdominal area, glucose intolerance, unhealthy cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Metabolic syndrome is closely associated with insulin resistance. Also known as “syndrome X,” the condition is often seen in seniors and those who are overweight.

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Confronting the Obesity Epidemic

By IDEA Authors | April 30, 2003 |

Fitness professionals feel a sense of urgency to take action against the dual health care concerns of obesity and inactivity. That is why IDEA put a serious face on the 2003 IDEA Personal Trainer International Summit’s opening session and called on a panel of experts and all convention delegates to talk frankly about one of…

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ADA Conference Highlights

By Cathy Leman, RD, LD | January 31, 2002 |

February 2002 idea health & fitness sourceDoes my BMI really matter? Will I be able to lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy? How do I know if the supplements I’m taking really do what the packaging says they will do?

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