Obesity Rates May Be Leveling, but Our Waistlines Continue to Expand

Obesity Rates May Be Leveling, but Our Waistlines Continue to Expand

Remember the good news about obesity levels leveling off from a few weeks ago? Apparently our tummies haven’t heard the news. The average American waist circumference has continued to grow in the past decades, according to recent data from the … Continue reading

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Breaking: New Evidence Links Artificial Sweeteners to Obesity, Diabetes

Breaking: New Evidence Links Artificial Sweeteners to Obesity, Diabetes

In a breakthrough study published in Nature this week, scientists from Israel’s Weizmann Institute have demonstrated how artificial sweeteners can lead to obesity and diabetes. The bottom line is that even if artificial sweeteners do not directly harm us, they … Continue reading

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Is America Finally Starting to Eat Healthier?

Is America Finally Starting to Eat Healthier?

There are three interesting data points from the past few days that paint a cautiously optimistic picture for America’s health, as it relates to food. 1. Obesity rates in most states seem to be leveling off. After years of steadily … Continue reading

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Low-Carb or Low-Fat – Which Diet is Better For Weight Loss?

Low-Carb or Low-Fat – Which Diet is Better For Weight Loss?

This is a guest post by David L. Katz, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP. You cannot get a good answer to a lousy question. The current diet study making headlines purportedly asked, and answered this question: which is better for weight loss and improving cardiac … Continue reading

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What’s a Vegetable Garden Doing at a San Antonio Hospital?

What’s a Vegetable Garden Doing at a San Antonio Hospital?

In one of the biggest ironies of modern culture, many hospitals have onsite fast food establishments. There are several advantages to a McDonald’s and clones on premises. The food is available 24/7, it is served quickly, and it is cheap. … Continue reading

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California, Leader In Public Health Measures, Tackles Sugary Drinks

California, Leader In Public Health Measures, Tackles Sugary Drinks

Last week, California’s senate passed the Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Safety Warning Act, which will mandate sugar-sweetened beverage to display a warning label as depicted above. The measure still needs to pass the state Assembly and be signed into law by Governor … Continue reading

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Global Obesity Rates Are Skyrocketing

Global Obesity Rates Are Skyrocketing

A recent report by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), covering data from 188 countries, determined that 30% of the world’s population is overweight or obese. That’s 2.1 BILLION people, and growing. Obesity is a threat to public … Continue reading

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Breathalyzer Test for Obesity

Breathalyzer Test for Obesity

Every day, more evidence piles in connecting the trillions of bacteria residing in the human gut to virtually every aspect of our health and bodily functions. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism last year used … Continue reading

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Dannon Promises to Reduce Sugar…to Levels *Above* Current Offering

Dannon Promises to Reduce Sugar…to Levels *Above* Current Offering

Last week in Washington DC, Dannon pledged to improve the nutrition profile of its yogurts. At the annual meeting of the Partnership for a Healthier America, the yogurt behemoth promised the following changes by 2016: Improve the nutrient density by … Continue reading

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