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The American Medical Association (AMA) recently adopted a new policy that declares obesity a disease that will require costly medical interventions to advance treatment and prevention. Over 35 percent of U.S. adults and 17 percent of children and teens are now categorized as having the “disease” of obesity – that is 78 million adults and 12 million children and adolescents –an epidemic of mind-numbing proportions.

“…labeling patients encourages a victim mentality perpetuating learned-helplessness” — Dr. Susan Wilder

While this classification promises to improve access to more interventions, I believe it will miss the mark on what is necessary to address … Read the rest

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In a recent Forbes Magazine article, Hank Cardello, contends that fast food restaurants can no longer ignore the public’s desire for healthy food. Cardello knows a thing or two about the topic. He is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and author of the book “Stuffed: An Insider’s Look at Who’s (Really) Making America Fat.”

Even though America has a serious excess weight issue, several recent studies indicate that a growing number of people are concerned about healthier eating. The Natural Marketing Institute found that 52 percent of consumers are actively concerned about the health value … Read the rest

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Healthy Meals in a Snap

soda-alternative200One half of Americans drink a soda or other sugary beverage each day, and 1 in 20 drinks the equivalent of more than 4 cans of soda each day. That’s the finding of a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sweetened drinks are linked to the explosion of obesity (especially childhood obesity) and its related medical problems. Of course, the American Beverage Association disputes the connection, but the data seems pretty clear. Health officials have been urging people to cut back for years, but advocates say those efforts have not been … Read the rest

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Healthy KidAlmost 1/3 of all children between the ages of 2 and 19 are overweight or obese, according to government data. This is horrible, since we know that an overweight child is far more likely to become an overweight adult and that can lead to a whole number of chronic disease including diabetes, heart disease.

It can be hard to get your children to eat better, but there are some things every parent can do. These aren’t especially difficult, but they do require some effort. They will pay off, though. Remember that eating habits, both good and bad, developed in childhood … Read the rest

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A recent study published in PLoS One, a scientific journal, found that women aren’t doing as much housework as they used to and that is contributing to weight gain.

To be sure, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the current obesity epidemic, and housework (or lack of) may certainly be one of them. When you read the study in detail, you find that what the researchers are really saying is that people today, not just women, engage in fewer calorie-burning activities in general.

They found that in 1965, women spent about 26 hours a week cleaning, cooking … Read the rest

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