In place of smoking, obesity fills in as major killer in women

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Published: June 30, 2011

Non-smoking woman are more likely to be obese and die of associated illnesses than those who smoke, according to research. About 8,000 women were recruited to the Renfrew and Paisley study from 1972 to 1976. Of these, 40% had never smoked. The authors, led by Dr Laurence Gruer from NHS Health Scotland, found 60% of non-smokers were overweight or obese compared with 40% of those who smoked. For the full story, click here.

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Lack of sleep contributing to obesity - Los Angeles Times

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Published: June 29, 2011

Los Angeles Times Lack of sleep contributing to obesity Los Angeles Times In 1960, Americans averaged 81/2 hours of sleep a night, and our obesity rate was around 12 percent. Today we're averaging 6 1/2 to seven hours, and our obesity rate has climbed to around 30 percent. … and more »

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Workplace cited as a new source of rise in obesity - NYTimes

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Published: June 29, 2011

By TARA PARKER-POPE Published: May 26, 2011 Looking beyond poor eating habits and a couch-potato lifestyle, a group of researchers has found a new culprit in the obesity epidemic: the American workplace. A sweeping review of shifts in the labor force since 1960 suggests that a sizable portion of the national weight gain can be explained by declining physical activity during the workday. For the full story, click here. Read the entire New York Times…

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Amid one city's effort to slim down, fast-food execs lobby state government

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Published: June 29, 2011

By STEPHANIE STROM LOUISVILLE - This city's Broadway displays its own array of neon signs - two dozen fast-food restaurants, as diverse as McDonald's and the local Indi's - beckoning along a 2.8-mile corridor bookended by low-income neighborhoods on the front lines of a multimillion-dollar battle against obesity. The street symbolizes one of many hurdles facing officials here working to put a severely overweight population on a diet. After all, Kentucky is where Colonel Harland…

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Snacking clue to obesity epidemic

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Published: June 29, 2011

Weight loss efforts should focus on stopping snacking and eating smaller meals rather than calorie counting, say US researchers.

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Rethinkers ink pact to use local food in 37 school cafeterias - The Lens

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Published: June 28, 2011

By Jessica Williams, The Lens staff writer | The school ratings are out – and, no, we're not talking LEAP scores. Student reformers from Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, a coalition of students advocating upgrades in school food choices, on Thursday released their 2011 cafeteria ratings for nine schools. The report card, created with help from students with Tulane University's School of Public Health, was accompanied by announcement of a big victory by the "Rethinkers,"…

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U.S. teens drinking less soda, federal officials say

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Published: June 28, 2011

Even though many schools are eliminating sodas and artificial fruit juices from cafeterias, they are still being consumed at home, researchers say. By The Associated Press A new study shows one in four high school students drink soda every day-a sign fewer teens are downing the sugary drinks. The study also found teens drink water, milk and fruit juices most often-a pleasant surprise, because researchers weren’t certain that was the case. “We were very pleased…

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Doctors urge ban on junk food ads during kids' shows

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Published: June 27, 2011

MONDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) — The nation’s leading group of pediatricians is calling for a ban on all junk food and fast food ads during children’s television shows as a means of slowing the rising tide of obesity among young people.

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Global diabetes cases double since 1980, study says

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Published: June 27, 2011

The number of adults with diabetes has doubled world-wide over the last three decades to nearly 350 million and increased nearly threefold in the U.S., a sign that the epidemic will impose an ever-greater cost burden on health systems. According to the study, the U.S. had 24.7 million diabetics in 2008, nearly triple the level of three decades ago. While about 70% of the increase was attributed to population growth and aging, the balance was…

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More young adults living with diabetes

Published: June 23, 2011

Experts are becoming increasingly concerned about the growing number of people in their 20s and 30s coping with type 2 diabetes, which used to be rarely seen in those under 40. As diabetes becomes more prevalent in young people, the long-term complications of the condition - cardiovascular problems like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure - are more likely to occur at younger ages, too, says David Kendall, chief…

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USDA Launches MyPlate Icon as a New Reminder to Help Consumers to Make Healthier Food Choices

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Published: June 03, 2011

Watch the MyPlate YouTube video WASHINGTON, June 2, 2011 – First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled the federal government's new food icon, MyPlate, to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate is a new generation icon with the intent to prompt consumers to think about building a healthy plate at meal times and to seek more information to help them do that by going to…

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Are media to blame for obesity epidemic? - CBS News

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Published: June 03, 2011

Are media to blame for obesity epidemic? CBS News (CBS) What's feeding America's obesity epidemic? Experts have blamed everything from junk food and sedentary jobs to a failure to exercise – or to exercise self-control. But now psychologists at Yale University say they've identified another culprit … and more »

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Food pyramid is out, 'My Plate' is in for healthy eating

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Published: June 02, 2011

The new guide is divided into 4 parts, using fruits, vegetables, grains and protein

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Area elementary students grade food policies of schools

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Published: June 02, 2011

Elementary school students aren’t the only ones being graded on their performance, as this school year comes to an end. It’s also report card time for sch ool food and cafeterias in the New Orleans area.

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