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Light Activity to Combat Obesity in Youth

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / March 19, 2024

Daily light physical activity among adolescents may prevent weight gain associated with major health risks in adulthood.

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Obesity and BMI

The Paradox of Obesity with Normal Weight

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / December 5, 2023

New research adds evidence to support moving away from using the Body Mass Index (BMI) as a sole assessment tool to measure cardiometabolic disease risk and overall health.

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Loneliness and physical inactivity

Loneliness and Physical Inactivity

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / June 6, 2023

New research finds a connection between loneliness, unhealthy weight and physical inactivity in college students.

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Strength training for youth

Strength Training for Overweight Youth

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / March 7, 2023

Here’s some good news about the benefits of strength training for kids: it reduces body fat in children coping with overweight and obesity.

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Young girl to represent childhood obesity program

Guided Self-Help for Childhood Obesity

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / December 13, 2022

A new program led to significant reductions in childhood obesity in a primarily Latino community with a prevalence of 38% childhood obesity.

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Should We Get More Serious About Food Insecurity?

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / October 17, 2022

Nearly 40 million people in the U.S. experience food insecurity, which appears to be a contributing factor to the obesity problem.

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Obesity and breast cancer

Physical Activity Levels, Obesity and Breast Cancer

By Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA / October 17, 2022

Researchers noted an association between higher rates of breast cancer and obesity, recommending more strategies to increase movement.

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TV Ads and Childhood Obesity

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / April 1, 2022

The number of children who are overweight or obese would decrease by 3.6% and 4.6%, respectively, if TV ads for unhealthy foods were reduced.

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Sucralose and appetite

Sucralose Increases Appetite and Cravings

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / March 14, 2022

A study found that people with obesity experienced an increase in appetite and food cravings after consuming a drink with sucralose.

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Obese patient with doctor

Understanding The Complexity Of Obesity

By Cassandra Padgett, MS / February 15, 2022

Obesity is a complex disease with many underlying factors and causes. The oversimplification of weight loss that many coaches and trainers subscribe to (“move more and eat less”) tends to blame clients for lacking self-control, being lazy or having “no motivation.” This can lead to weight bias among health and fitness pros and alienate clients with…

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Child holding tray of school food

Healthy School Food Curbs Child Obesity

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / November 9, 2021

Since children eat up to two meals per day at school, healthy school food can play a major role in combating obesity in young people.

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What is Diabesity?

By Judy Minich / October 15, 2021

Diabesity is a common cause of chronic inflammation, so it’s important for fit pros to have a basic understanding of what it is and how it can affect clients. Here, Len Kravitz, PhD, Gabriella Bellissimo, MA and Jessica Smith, MS, CSCS, explain this relatively new term.

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Creating Inclusivity in Fitness

Create Inclusivity for Special Populations

By Maria Luque, PhD, MS, CHES / August 3, 2021

More than ever, creating inclusivity is vital to the fitness industry.  And, even more importantly, it’s vital to the people we want to help.

Think it of this way: More than 70% of Americans don’t exercise enough to obtain a health benefit (Laskowski 2012). Why is this percentage so high when it’s well-known that even a small amount of physical activity can improve and even prevent some chronic diseases?

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