Posts Tagged ‘obesity statistics’

Hurtling Toward 100 Million Americans with Diabetes

July 19, 2017 — America is heading at a breakneck pace toward an awesome milestone – 100 million Americans with diabetes. According to a new CDC report, 30 million have it already. Another 84 million are well on their way. They have prediabetes – elevated blood sugar that makes it very likely for a person to develop full-blown type 2 diabetes. […]

Light at the End of the Obesity Tunnel?

June 14, 2017 — Obesity has many complications, but here’s one that’s entirely unnecessary – whiplash. Health reporters routinely take the public through wild gyrations of hope and despair in describing obesity trends. This week we have another round of such reporting on a new study and commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine. Spoiler alert: the light at […]

Obesity Awareness: First Do No Harm

June 11, 2017 — Could it be that obesity awareness campaigns amount to public health malpractice? It’s a question worth thinking about. A number of recent studies point to the likelihood that persuading someone that they are overweight can do more harm than good. The fine line between fat shaming and obesity awareness campaigns is just about impossible to […]

Is It Time to Dump BMI for Youth? TMI May Be Better

May 17, 2017 — Body Mass Index (BMI) is that essential tool we love to hate. As a marker for obesity in adults, BMI stirs never-ending debates. Despite its limitations, nothing seems likely to replace BMI for adults. But for young people, the story is very different. BMI doesn’t work so well for children and teens. And now, a […]

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Prevented Obesity

May 6, 2017 — Why haven’t we prevented obesity yet? Over and over again, we hear the rallying cry. In the Huffington Post, we read that we’ve got to continue focusing on nutrition and physical activity to make further progress controlling obesity. But with obesity rates at an all time high – 38% of American Adults – exactly how much obesity are […]

Disease Statistics: Competing for the Most Deaths

April 9, 2017 — Disease statistics rise to the top when describing the urgency to solve a critical health problem. How much suffering and death is this causing? A new study in PLOS ONE finds that the number of deaths caused by diabetes may be as much as four times higher than the numbers typically reported. Getting to Root Causes The […]

Can We Stop Faking the Answers to Obesity?

January 21, 2017 — Let’s get something straight. We do not know the answers to obesity. This observation is neither bad nor good. It’s simply true. U.S. News offers a harsh assessment of progress against obesity during the Obama administration: Obesity increased overall despite an administration that made addressing it a priority. Progress against obesity has been limited, and rates […]

No, Childhood Obesity Is Not Plateauing

January 13, 2017 — People opine every day about childhood obesity. Some of the words inform and some inflame. But most disturbing is constant flow of wishful reports that childhood obesity is plateauing. In December, headlines flowed with “good news” about “fewer chubby babies.” The cause was a study published in Pediatrics that, according to its authors, “cannot be considered representative […]

U.S. Life Expectancy Down: Can We Blame Obesity?

December 9, 2016 — For the first time in more than 20 years, life expectancy dropped in the U.S. last year. New data from the CDC shows an increase in deaths from eight of its top ten causes. CDC Director Tom Frieden was blunt in his assessment: We’re seeing the ramifications of the increase in obesity. And we’re seeing that […]

CDC: Learning from a Shortfall on Obesity Goals

December 6, 2016 — When Tom Frieden took over CDC, obesity goals took center stage with six other “winnable battles” in public health. On smoking, teen pregnancy, healthcare infections, and HIV, progress was notable. Progress on obesity goals fell short. The same was true for motor vehicle injuries and food safety. Frieden was frank about the poor progress on […]