Archive for November, 2012

Pollen Counts and Allergies Growing Rapidly

November 9, 2012 — November 9, 2012 — According to a new study presented today at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI), pollen counts are growing rapidly and will continue making seasonal allergies worse for the foreseeable future.

What’s Up for Healthcare and Obesity After the Election?

November 9, 2012 — November 9, 2012 — With President Obama back for another term, the Senate still in the hands of Democrats, and the House still in the hands of Republicans, it’s a good time to look at what this week’s election means to healthcare and obesity.

Squabbling While Obesity Rages On

November 8, 2012 — November 8, 2012 — There may be only one thing obesity experts agree on: Obesity is a complex disease that must be fought on many fronts. In an article in USA Today, a number of experts were asked to weigh in on the causes of obesity. As many different responses came forth as there were […]

California City Loses Fight with “Big Soda”

November 7, 2012 — November 7, 2012 — Richmond, California, did not become the first city to add a tax on businesses that sell soda and sugar drinks. Attempting to follow the examples of states that have taxed these drinks as part of an effort to fight obesity, Richmond, located not far from San Francisco, had placed a measure […]

Time for a Treat Obesity Caucus

November 3, 2012 — November 6, 2012 — In October, The Obesity Society began laying the groundwork for a caucus focused on obesity by reaching out to every senate office. Caucuses are groups of congressional members who band together to advocate or vote for shared policy interests. Caucuses have been established for a wide range of health issues including […]

Working on Wellness Incentives in Obamacare

November 2, 2012 — November 5, 2012 — Last week, representatives of leading obesity organizations (TOS, OAC, ASBP and ASMBS) participated in a meeting coordinated by Families USA with senior White House staff and leadership from the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health and Human Services (HHS) to discuss employer wellness incentive programs that address obesity. 

New Market Incentives to Prevent Asthma Complications

November 2, 2012 — November 4, 2012 — The Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, remains a polarizing topic. But at its core the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is designed to spur the private sector to search for new ways to organize health care, to focus on the benefits of prevention, and to develop new, innovative ways to pay […]

Parents Accept Responsibility, Support Action on Childhood Obesity

November 2, 2012 — November 3, 2012 — The Los Angeles Times reported on the results of what is believed to be the first-ever study of parents’ attitudes toward food marketing to children. The online study was conducted among 2,454 parents of children ages 2-17 by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University in 2009, […]