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Gallup Poll Reports ‘Ideal Weight’ in America is Expanding

The obesity epidemic is expected to reach new levels over the next eighteen years.  Currently, 36 percent of the U.S. population is obese, but if obesity continues to grow at the current rate, by 2030 half of all Americans will be obese. (Obese and overweight are determined by body mass index (BMI), a ratio calculated based […]

obesity in america BMI

Gallup Poll Reports 'Ideal Weight' in America is Expanding

The obesity epidemic is expected to reach new levels over the next eighteen years.  Currently, 36 percent of the U.S. population is obese, but if obesity continues to grow at the current rate, by 2030 half of all Americans will be obese. (Obese and overweight are determined by body mass index (BMI), a ratio calculated based […]

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A Word About Detox and Obesity

On Saturday, my post about my experience with Dr. Oz’s 3-day Detox, brought some thought-provoking comments. One reader discussed why she did not believe a detox was ever necessary and another agreed –  stating that it is about eating clean, not filling up on junk and then trying to remove it fervently from our system. I […]

Corn is Not a Vegetable

The corn industry has worked tirelessly in an effort to defeat the rep it has earned over the past few years. From commercials encouraging “moderate” consumption of fruit juices and popsicles sweetened with high fructose corn syrup to its use as a “better” alternative fuel source, the corn industry sells a whole lot of a […]

The Gift that Keeps on Giving: Healthy Habits

A new study out of Canada has revealed groundbreaking results: more time in front of the TV is linked to larger waists and weaker legs in young children. Although previous studies have made the correlation among TV time, obesity and other adverse health effects, no study has made the connection between specific aspects of physical […]

USPSTF Orders Docs to Screen for Obesity

If you have ever wondered why you don’t know your BMI or even what BMI means, it may be because many doctors do not include an assessment of BMI in their consultations. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued guidelines to practitioners to begin informing patients of their BMI and discussing the risks of […]

Wellness in the Workplace

Many companies are fighting the obesity epidemic by implementing creative tactics to keep people moving throughout the workday. Research from Harvard University has shown that workplace wellness programs can cut absenteeism, reduce medical costs, increase productivity and keep turnover rates low. At American Traffic Solutions in Tempe, Arizona, employees created an “indoor track” – a […]

Banishing sugar: Are alternative sweeteners a safe replacement?

With all the fervor over sugar – is it toxic? Should sugary sodas be banned? Many more people are turning to alternative sweeteners to pacify their cravings, but this switch is not without worry. Pink, blue, yellow and, now, green – regardless of which packet you pluck from the ceramic box on every restaurant table […]

Getting to the Root of the Problem: Fructose

Sugar toxicity. Sugary drink ban. Corn sugar. Sugar, sugar, sugar. It’s on everyone’s mind as the obesity epidemic surpasses smoking as the number one healthcare cost of the nation. Experts are debating the source of the issue and what can be done to stop the plight of disease caused by the expanding waistlines of the […]

Weight Loss Lemons

New York Times Medical Writer, Danielle Ofri, M.D., recently covered an article about the weight loss drug industry, bringing to light some very valid points about the weight loss drugs many individuals often blindly consume. If you have ever struggled with weight management, even if only slight, nothing seems like a better idea than the […]