Category Archives: Obesity Epidemic

Stress Eating Leads to Weight Gain for Kids

For kids facing stress at home or school, comfort food may lead to unexpected and unwelcome side effects. According to a study from Belgian researchers, that extra eating can lead to increased body fat — and increased obesity risk. That might seem like a straightforward finding, but it is new information. We’ve known about the … Continue reading Stress Eating Leads to Weight Gain for Kids

Wal-Mart expansion may play role in America’s obesity epidemic

Not only can Wal-Mart take some blame for the loss of many locally-owned businesses, the chain’s Supercenters could also be responsible for the nation’s expanding waistlines. According to researchers, the nation’s obesity problem directly corresponds to the rise of Wal-Mart, which has made junk food more accessible to residents than ever before. “We live in … Continue reading Wal-Mart expansion may play role in America’s obesity epidemic

Fructose Consumption May Lead to Diabetes and Obesity

Fructose, a sugar that is found within high-fructose corn syrup, has been scrutinized considerably over the last few years. Now, research has added to the debate about the health of this sugar. A new study shows that fructose can promote diabetes and obesity by over-stimulating hormones that regulate the accumulation of fat. New Research about … Continue reading Fructose Consumption May Lead to Diabetes and Obesity

College Students Do Gain Weight

Students do tend to pack on a few extra pounds during the college years, experts say, but the so-called “freshmen 15” might be a bit of an overstatement. According to researchers, college students gain about 3 and a half pounds while in school, although the gains are spread out over the time spent in college, … Continue reading College Students Do Gain Weight

Fast Food Accounts For 14 Percent Of Caloric Intake For American Kids

Kids – or their parents – might be making smarter choices when they visit fast food restaurants, even though burger joints are still the most popular drive-through stops, according to the results of a new a new study. Researchers from the Center of Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington in Seattle report that … Continue reading Fast Food Accounts For 14 Percent Of Caloric Intake For American Kids

Florida Nutrition Experts Seeing Higher Numbers of Type 2 in Children

Three decades ago, type 2 diabetes wasn’t associated with children, but with middle-aged adults. In the 30 years that have passed since the advent of the Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef” ad campaign, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Apple’s Mac computer, however, a lot has changed. And today, kids are being diagnosed with type 2 … Continue reading Florida Nutrition Experts Seeing Higher Numbers of Type 2 in Children

Southern States Have Highest Obesity Rate

A recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control says that 12 states now have adult obesity rates of 30 percent or higher. Seven of those states are in the South. The CDC data are from the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2010 phone survey of 400,000 US adults. Obesity is defined as a … Continue reading Southern States Have Highest Obesity Rate

Obesity Risk Tied to Certain Demographics Who Drink Sugary Beverages

Although many of us are learning more about the dangers of sugary beverages – which have been linked to rising cases of obesity and increased rates of type 2 diabetes – there are some groups who seem to have not “gotten the memo.” According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading Obesity Risk Tied to Certain Demographics Who Drink Sugary Beverages