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[21 May 2009 | No Comment | 309]

Being overweight — or simply believing they are overweight — might predispose some U.S. teens to suicide attempts, according to a new study.
The study looked at more than 14,000 high school students to determine the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and suicide attempts, as well as the relationship between believing one is overweight — whether true or not —and suicide attempts.
“Our findings show that both perceived and actual overweight increase risk for suicide attempt,” said lead study author Monica Swahn, Ph.D. That association was as strong for boys as …

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[18 May 2009 | No Comment | 304]

Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation’s health-care system.
The taxes would pay for only a fraction of the cost to expand health-insurance coverage to all Americans and would face strong opposition from the beverage industry. They also could spark a backlash from consumers who would have to pay several cents more for a soft drink.
On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee is set to hear proposals from about a dozen experts about how to pay for …

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[14 May 2009 | No Comment | 289]

ON a recent Thursday evening at the Bon Vivant Diner in Lower Manhattan, three round-bodied women sat at a booth, gabbing happily about warrior poses and downward-facing dogs, when they were interrupted by a heavyset woman in the adjacent booth.
“Excuse me, are you talking about a yoga class?” she asked.
The three women, Cynthia Ayers, Beth Garner and Bridget Clark, told her about their class, Buddha Body Yoga, and gave her a slip of paper with the Web address.
Looking at the paper skeptically, she asked: “So they have all levels, all …

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[14 May 2009 | No Comment | 340]

The Boston Globe, May 13, 2009
It has been a year since the nation’s biggest city became the first to order McDonald’s, Starbucks, and other restaurant chains to post calories on menu boards as prominently as prices.

Now, as health regulators in Massachusetts appear poised to adopt similar rules this morning, residents might want to listen to hungry, harried New Yorkers to know what is coming. From the West Side to the East Side, fast-food aficionados insist they still peek at the calorie counts and, sometimes, make healthier choices when they see, for example, …

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[14 May 2009 | No Comment | 296]

Obese workers with diabetes are less productive than their normal-weight co-workers, says a U.S. study.
Researchers surveyed 7,338 working adults about missed work time, reduced work effectiveness and impairment of daily activities. The results showed that people who were obese and had type 2 diabetes lost 11 percent to 15 percent of work time (about 5.9 hours a week) because of health problems, compared with 9 percent of work time (about 3.6 hours a week) lost by normal-weight people.
The survey also found that obese people with type 2 diabetes reported impairment …

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[11 May 2009 | Comments Off | 364]
Weight ‘Fuels Preventable Cancer’

Almost 19,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with cancer that could have been prevented if they were a healthy weight, an expert says.
Professor Martin Wiseman said if everyone had a body mass index (BMI) under 25 it would make a big dent in the incidence of cancer.
Cancers of the breast, bowel, kidney, pancreas, oesophagus and womb lining are among those linked to obesity.
Professor Wiseman is an adviser for the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF).
The WCRF recommends that people try to be as lean as possible without becoming …

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[8 May 2009 | No Comment | 252]

The trend for bottle feeding since the 1970s has meant babies have put on weight too fast and increased the likelihood of them becoming overweight as children and adults.
Britain is battling an obesity crisis with one in three adults classed as overweight or obese along with one in four children.
Breastfeeding mothers often became anxious that their child was not growing in line with the old charts, based on average growth of bottle fed babies, and many were pressured into supplementing their child’s diet with formula or solid food.
However a major …

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[7 May 2009 | No Comment | 205]

Many teenage girls are not getting the nutrients they need to ensure healthy development, putting them at risk for weight-related problems and cardiovascular disease.
Female adolescence is an important time for setting up adult health, as nutritional needs change because of increased growth and the beginning of menstruation, said Andy Bellatti, who runs the popular nutrition blog Small Bites. But studies have shown that on average, teenage girls are not getting enough fiber, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium or vitamins A, E and B in their diets, and are eating too much …