OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — It's illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone who is obese if they are otherwise qualified for the job, the Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Diabetic amputations are again on the rise
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Frank Houseal knew how dangerous diabetes can be.
Both of his parents had it. His mother died at 52 of a heart attack. His father had a stroke at 47 and had lost both...
CHICAGO (AP) — Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren't a...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The charitable arm of the Minnesota Vikings recently unveiled a new food truck that will serve free, healthy meals to children in need.
Sleeping with the TV on may make you gain weight
CHICAGO (AP) — Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research...
Paradox: New diabetes cases fall as obesity rises
NEW YORK (AP) — The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren't sure why.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sodas and other sugary drinks sold in California would come with warning labels about obesity, diabetes and tooth decay under a bill that narrowly cleared the state...
CHICAGO (AP) — Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal.
Teens who have obesity surgery lose as much weight as those who have the operation as adults and are more likely to have it resolve other health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure,...
Study: Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk
NEW YORK (AP) — Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in...
A drug that's used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of...
Centene awards $100 million grant to Washington U.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A health care insurance company with headquarters in suburban St. Louis has awarded a 10-year, $100 million grant to Washington University School of Medicine for research into...
Report: Indiana’s obesity rate is continuing to increase
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new report shows that Indiana's obesity rate is continuing to climb along with Hoosiers' expanding waistlines.
The report by the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation shows...
California lawmakers seek tax, other limits on sugary drinks
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — State lawmakers are trying again to discourage the consumption of sugary beverages, proposing a tax, warning labels, and a ban on soda displays near checkout lines among...
Marshall researcher reinventing self after grant runs out
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — In his time as director of the Basic Science Division of the Center for Diagnostic Nanosystems at Marshall University, Kevin Rice researched exciting, yet complicated, ideas about obesity, diabetes, aging and how our genes work, down to the nanoparticle.
Food industry sway over public health gets new scrutiny
NEW YORK (AP) — The tweet from a group that finances development in Latin America was direct: Sodas do not offer beauty or joy, just a lot of sugar.
There was one problem for the organization. Coca-Cola was a funder.
Food giants undermined China’s obesity fight, scholar says
NEW YORK (AP) — China's efforts to keep obesity in check have been undermined from the inside by the food industry, according to newly published research.
US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report.
Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths. Advances in early detection and treatment also are having a positive impact, experts say.
But it's not all good news. Obesity-related cancer deaths are rising, and prostate cancer deaths are no longer dropping, said Rebecca Siegel, lead author of the American Cancer Society report published Tuesday.
$3.9M project to address obesity in rural eastern Oklahoma
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University has a $3.9 million plan to address obesity in two rural counties, one of which includes the town with the lowest life expectancy in the U.S.
Nonprofit uses preventable medicine to stop chronic diseases
BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Health-focused nonprofit RiseVT has opened a location in Bennington County, part of an effort to stop preventable health issues before they become serious problems.
"Years from now, (to) have our rates of obesity and diabetes and other chronic diseases go down, as a result of us laying this foundation," said Billie Lynn Allard, administrative director of nursing for community health for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
Mississippi youth obesity rate remains worst among states
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New government data show Mississippi young people aren't getting fatter, but remain the fattest nationwide.
Among children aged 10-17, 26.1 percent were either obese in 2016-2017, That's about level with the 26.2 percent based on 2016 data alone.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report last week analyzing data collected by a federal government survey.
Nationwide, 15.8 percent of children are obese. Utah children were skinniest, with 8.7 percent obese in 2016-2017.
Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics
SEATTLE (AP) — Obesity surgery may dramatically lower the danger of heart attacks and strokes in patients with diabetes, new research suggests, reinforcing evidence that benefits extend beyond weight loss.
The study tracked about 20,000 severely obese patients with Type 2 diabetes. Those who had weight loss surgery had a 40 percent lower chance of developing a heart attack or stroke in the five years following surgery compared to those who got usual care with diabetes medicines or insulin.
Obesity surgery may lower heart attack danger in diabetics
New report moves Indiana out of top 10 fattest states
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A new report says Indiana residents are still too heavy, but the state no longer ranks among the nation's 10 fattest states.
The report from the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says 33.6 percent of Hoosier adults are obese, giving Indiana the nation's 12th-highest obesity rate.
Last year's report ranked Indiana's adult obesity rate 10th in the U.S., at 32.5 percent.
Where does Florida rate on obesity levels compared to US?
MIAMI (AP) — A new report shows Florida has a lower adult obesity rate than many other states.
Just under 30 percent of adults living in Florida are obese, ranking the state 36th in the U.S. The report was released Thursday by Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
West Virginia has highest rate with 38 percent, and Colorado the lowest with 22.6 percent.
Report: Mississippi has 2nd-highest adult obesity rate in US
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has the second-highest adult obesity rate in the country, with only West Virginia having a higher rate.
Those findings are included in a national report released Wednesday, which shows Mississippi's rate tops 37 percent, up from around 24 percent in 2000. The information comes from the nonpartisan Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Louisiana adult obesity rate tops 36 percent, report says
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has the sixth-highest adult obesity rate in the country, and the problem is growing.
Those findings are included in a national report released Wednesday that shows Louisiana's rate tops 36 percent, up from around 23 percent in 2000. The information comes from the nonpartisan Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Report: Rhode Island obesity rates on the rise
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders are getting fatter.
The Providence Journal reports that an annual study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the adult obesity rate in Rhode Island increased by more than 3 percentage points from 2016 to 2017. According to the report, Rhode Island's adult obesity rate was 30 percent in 2017, up from 26.6 percent in 2016.
The state's ranking during that time has gone from the 10th lowest in the nation to the 29th highest.
Weight-loss drug Belviq seems safe for heart, study finds
For the first time, a drug has been shown to help people lose weight and keep it off for several years without raising their risk for heart problems — a safety milestone that may encourage wider use to help curb the obesity epidemic.
The drug, Belviq, has been sold in the United States since 2013 and is the first of several new weight-loss medicines to succeed in a long-term heart safety study now required by federal regulators to stay on the market.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is receiving a federal grant of more than $4.3 million to help prevent student obesity, manage childhood chronic disease and prevent those sicknesses in adulthood.
According to the state Department of Education, the grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will focus on awareness and policies for school-based health education, physical education and physical activity, healthy eating, and management of chronic health conditions.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A new push by the beverage industry is slowing the expansion of soda taxes in California and elsewhere.
California cities pioneered soda taxes as a way to combat obesity, diabetes and heart disease, but the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday bowed to pressure from beverage companies and reluctantly banned local taxes on soda for the next 12 years.
Survey: Exercise and obesity are both rising in US
NEW YORK (AP) — It may seem like a contradiction, but more adults in the U.S. say they are exercising at the same time more of them are becoming obese.
About 24 percent of adults last year said they exercise enough each week to meet government recommendations for both muscle strengthening and aerobic exercise, according to a large annual health survey. That was up from 21 percent in 2015.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health is expanding its research work by adding in a Fargo, North Dakota-based research institute focused on eating disorders and obesity.
Sanford Research is absorbing Neuropsychiatric Research Institute. NRI was established in 1955 and previously worked with Fargo-based MeritCare Health System, which Sanford Health absorbed in a 2009 merger.
Study: Obesity rate increases in Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin says the state's obesity level is 10 percentage points higher than past estimates.
Researchers with the university's School of Medicine and Public Health put the state's obesity level at more than 30 percent, Wisconsin Public Radio reported .
GENEVA (AP) — The Trump administration has torpedoed a plan to recommend higher taxes on sugary drinks, forcing a World Health Organization panel to back off the U.N. agency's previous call for such taxes as a way to fight obesity, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions.
The move disappointed many public health experts but was enthusiastically welcomed by the International Food and Beverage Alliance — a group that represents companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo. and Unilever.
We know that carrying around extra weight puts your heart health at risk, but new research presented on Friday to the European Society for Cardiology shows that the location of your fat is just as important as the amount of it.
It’s well-known by now that people are discriminated against because of their weight, and that this kind of bias can have devastating consequences, both mentally and physically.
Usually, when people talk about weight stigma, the subjects of this discrimination are women. But what about men? Do they face prejudice and stigma due to weight? Yes, according to new research from the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.
Albuquerque school tackles teen obesity
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Camron Chavez, 12, can tell the meals at South Valley Preparatory School are a little different.
He notices that the food he gets at school is healthier and that he feels more full throughout the day.
"I don't really eat food like this at home," Chavez said during his lunch period.
One of my duties as a professor of public health at Utah Valley University is to do concurrent enrollment school visits.
I have done these observations for some 15 years. As I conduct my visits, I have noticed that the desks keep getting smaller and smaller. I guess it’s an effort to save on materials and keeps costs down. I mean, it’s all I can do to squeeze into the tiny desk so I don’t have to stand.
Kids and healthRegarding “Getting kids to a good weight by 13 may help avoid diabetes” (Chron.com, Wednesday), thank you for covering new research about childhood obesity. Working to help Houstonians become healthier for the last couple of years, I met families that felt bombarded by cryptic health messages and had given up. They felt like the only way to make their kids healthy was to shop at Whole Foods, buy an expensive FitBit or limit their diets to bland chicken and unseasoned broccoli. If...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Packing on pounds seems to dull people's sense of taste, and puzzled researchers turned to mice to figure out why: Obesity, they found, can rob the tongue of taste buds.
If Tuesday's findings pan out, "this could be a whole new kind of target in treating obesity," said Cornell University food scientist Robin Dando, whose lab led the research. "People don't really look at the taste bud, but it's so fundamental."
Somerset County residents have a harder time maintaining their weight within a healthy range than in elsewhere in the state.
Here, 69 percent of people are overweight while 37 percent are obese, according to Aimee Krause, clinical nutrition manager for Somerset Hospital. According to the Centers For Disease Control, close to 30 percent of adults in Pennsylvania had obesity while 33.9 percent were overweight.
DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Department of Public Safety will begin recording the height, weight and waistlines of its more than 4,000 troopers during their routine physical readiness tests.
The measurement recording starting this month is part of the department's new obesity data collection program, the Dallas Morning News reported.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $10.7 million grant to a Marshall University researcher to study obesity and obesity-related conditions.
The five-year grant was awarded to Uma Sundaram, who is vice dean for research at Marshall's School of Medicine and a board-certified gastroenterologist.
In the 1959 Peter Sellers movie "The Mouse that Roared," the British funny man plays three roles in a story about how an inconsequential European Duchy attacks and defeats America. Sellers' roles as Grand Duchess Gloriana, Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy and game warden Tully Bascombe all contribute to the same result — a riotous sendup of global politics.
What kind of a society do we live in? A pharmaceutical commercial shows food appearing unexpectedly at different times of the day and on different occasions. The commercial makes it clear that people do not have control over their eating behaviors and thus they need to inhale the company’s new insulin (Afrezza) to keep their blood sugars in control.
In New London, Coast Guard admirals warn of obesity’s implications for national security
New London — President Donald Trump wants to grow the military by nearly 26,000 troops next year alone. But about 70 percent of Americans ages 17 to 24 are not eligible for military service due to obesity, a criminal record or lack of a high school diploma or GED.