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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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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 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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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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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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Convenience Store Locations and Body Weight

By Matthew Kadey, MS, RD / May 10, 2021

A study in reveals the relationship between convenience store locations and the body weight of 3- to 15-year-old children.

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Teen girl with overweight holding foods to represent adolescent obesity

An Action Plan to Combat Adolescent Obesity

By Natalie Digate Muth, MD, MPH, RD / September 21, 2018

Health and fitness professionals can drive positive outcomes and minimize the risk adolescent obesity with these five “rules” for coaching.

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