Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Will Urban Planning Put a Dent in Obesity?

December 31, 2016 — Urban sprawl is more than just a traffic problem, say urban planners. It’s a trigger for obesity and a hazard to human health. Certainly, many elements of sprawl are on the list of suspects that might be contributing to the obesity epidemic. Pollution, impediments to physical activity, social isolation, and stressful congestion are all factors. Urban Ventures President […]

Work-Walk-Work Therapy

December 30, 2016 — We’ve heard the warnings. Sitting is killing us. So people are responding. Sales of standing desks are booming. Varidesk has grown from a wobbly startup to market leader in just three years. Walking desks might offer more benefits…at at a much higher cost. But research is pointing to a much simpler answer – work-walk-work therapy. It’s really […]

Top 10 Advances of 2016 in Obesity and Health

December 26, 2016 — If you’re looking for signs of progress in obesity and health, you can find it in 2016. Obesity is a tough nut to crack, so we don’t have breakthroughs and cures to report – yet. What we have is solid advances that will make life and health better for people concerned about obesity. Here’s our […]

Fitness on the Way to Becoming a Vital Sign

December 2, 2016 — It’s about time. A new scientific statement from the American Heart Association recommends that “at a minimum, all adults should have CRF (cardiorespiratory fitness) estimated each year” during health exams. The rationale is pretty compelling: A growing body of epidemiological and clinical evidence demonstrates not only that CRF is a potentially stronger predictor of mortality than established […]

 Let’s Move Past Simplistic Happy Talk on Childhood Obesity

November 20, 2016 — Commenters are churning out lots of commentary about elitists and populists these days. We would prefer a turn toward realists. And for a dose of reality about childhood obesity, voices from Appalachia might be worth hearing.  Amidst a lot of happy talk about obesity rates dropping in toddlers, West Virginia’s Parkersburg News and Sentinel has some […]

DNA, Destiny, Health, and Obesity

November 15, 2016 — Let’s face it. Americans don’t like the idea of accepting a preordained destiny. Nope, we’ll have none of that. We choose our own destiny here, thank you. So naturally, if the New England Journal of Medicine tells us that DNA is not destiny when it comes to our risk of heart attacks, we love it. […]

Guarding the Floodgates Against Obesity Care

November 13, 2016 — Last week we met a brave physician guarding the floodgates of demand for obesity care. He told us: “If all the patients that need bariatric surgery demanded it, they would bankrupt our health system.” This is a jarring perspective from a primary care physician in leadership at a large, nonprofit health plan. He confirmed that they are quite […]

Guest Post: Finding a Way for Healthier Generations

November 9, 2016 — Recently in JAMA, Bill Dietz and colleagues outline a three-part recommendation to address the long-term consequences of preventable chronic health conditions. They focus, rightly, on smoking and tobacco, physical activity, and nutrition as components of the two leading causes of preventable suffering and premature death. These are important recommendations for healthier generations. We see strengths in […]

Glowing Rectangles and Obesity in the South Pacific

October 23, 2016 — With so many suspects for the cause of growing obesity prevalence, satisfying answers are rare. But new research from the State University of New York at Binghamton provides some fascinating insight on the possible contribution of consumer electronics – such as our glowing rectangles – to obesity risk. After controlling for demographics, diet, and activity, they […]

Where’s the Outrage Over Screen Time?

October 22, 2016 — The American Academy of Pediatrics released new position papers Friday on screen time for young children and teens. The bottom line? Guidance just got looser. A hard and fast ban on screen time for children under two went out the window. Now the advice is no screen time under 18 months…unless it’s a video chat with […]