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2011-08-26 10:03:00

  Experts warned Friday that half of the US population could be obese by 2030, according to a new report in the Lancet. A two-decade trend of steady weight gain would see 65 million more obese adults, raising the national total to 164 million. Roughly one-third of the US population is currently obese. “At the rate we´re looking at right now, it´s a dire prediction,” Claire Wang, assistant professor of health policy and management at Columbia...

2010-09-21 12:01:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services' Department of Health Policy today released a report that, for the first time, calculated the startlingly high individual costs of obesity to Americans. The report, "A Heavy Burden: The Individual Costs of Being Overweight and Obese in the United States," authored by Avi Dor, Professor and Director of Health Economics Program at The George Washington University, and...

2010-09-01 09:24:00

National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month kicks off with sobering news INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the U.S. launches its first-ever National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month today, scientists say the problem may be even more widespread than was thought. Researchers have found that parents tend to underreport their children's weight. Estimates of obesity and body mass index (BMI) based on parent-supplied data may miss one in five obese children. This sobering...

2010-08-31 21:12:54

A majority of adults in California are obese or overweight, and more than 2 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, according to a new study from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Both conditions "” which are related to each other as well as to heart disease "” increased significantly in just six years, with the prevalence of diabetes alone jumping nearly 26 percent between 2001 and 2007. The "epidemic" of obesity and diabetes leaves no racial, ethnic,...

2010-01-19 11:44:00

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In light of the recent recommendation of the United States Preventative Task Force (USPTF), the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) is calling for all employers and insurers to add health insurance coverage of the recommended childhood obesity treatments. The recommendations of the USPTF highlight the fact that treating childhood obesity in moderate to intensive programs helps children affected by obesity to lose weight. Such interventions often...

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2009-03-13 11:30:00

The USDA on Thursday reported that it could make no connection between an obesity epidemic and the $73 billion food stamp program of fiscal 2009. Critics of the Agriculture Department's point to the massive amount of funding going toward food stamps as an indicator of the world's obesity crisis."USDA is not aware of any convincing evidence that school meals or other federal nutrition programs cause obesity and overweight. The evidence that does exist is mixed," Thomas O'Connor, USDA's acting...

2008-10-08 00:00:17

Overweight and obese people in Derbyshire cost the NHS pounds257m last year and the figure is expected to rise. Department of Health figures released today show that Derby Primary Care Trust spent pounds73.4m, which was 18% of its pounds388m budget, on weight-related health care in 2007. Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust spent pounds184m out of a budget of just under pounds1bn. With obesity expected to rise nationally, the problem is expected to cost the NHS in Derby pounds81.5m by...

2006-02-28 12:22:19

LONDON (Reuters) - The government could miss a key target to halt the rise of obesity in children by 2010 unless it improves leadership at all levels, an influential report said on Tuesday. Obesity costs the National Health Service one billion pounds per year and in 2003 13.7 percent of youngsters were obese. The report by the National Audit Office, the Healthcare Commission and the Audit Commission said greater clarity and direction was needed by the government to halt the rise of...


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