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  • Report: 'Fat Tax' Could Curb Nation's Obesity Problem

    05/18/2012 5:33:32 AM PDT · by Abathar · 82 replies ^ | May 17, 2012 | Stacia Matthews
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Health experts have been trying to combat obesity in America for years and have recently suggested a new way to solve the growing problem. A new study suggests that imposing a fat tax on unhealthy food and drinks could help slim down expanding waistlines. According to reports, more than 60 percent of Americans are overweight. Under the tax, a $4 cheeseburger would cost an extra 80 cents, RTV6's Stacia Matthews reported. Some Hoosiers found the proposed fat tax hard to swallow. "I don't think we should tax people and the way they run their lives,” one man said....
  • MILLER: Forced to be fat

    05/11/2012 3:54:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 81 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 10, 2012 | Emily Miller
    Americans are fatter than ever, but it’s not their fault. That’s according to the latest effort to solve an obesity crisis in the only way liberals know how - with more government. A study released this week from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Duke University and RTI International found obesity rates to be on course to rise from 34 to 42 percent of the U.S. population by 2030. The number of severely obese - defined as about 100 pounds overweight - will double to 11 percent. Today, 68 percent of Americans are overweight and half...
  • Why the Health Nazis are on the March

    05/10/2012 5:48:52 AM PDT · by Paladins Prayer · 33 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | May 10, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    They say “Jolly is the fat man,” but perhaps not when he’s being chased (and, I’m sure, caught) like a Frankenstein monster by the Body Cult crazies. And that is the case today, as it has become fashionable to affront the friendly-fronted. It seems most anything goes now: bloated houses, bloated egos, bloated libidos, bloated bureaucracies, bloated government—except bloated bellies. And a perusal of the news makes this clear, with a never-ending stream of stories about obesity this and obesity that. For example, headlining Drudge the other day was a piece about how fathead officials in Massachusetts propose to ban...
  • Panel calls for more active federal role in fight against obesity

    05/08/2012 6:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2012 | Elise Viebeck
    Federal agencies should step in if industries that promote high-calorie foods to children do not implement common nutrition standards within two years, the influential Institute of Medicine (IOM) said Tuesday. The recommendation came as part of a 478-page IOM report on the U.S. obesity epidemic that outlined broad policy changes the panel says are necessary to stave off a healthcare crisis. The changes are aimed at a complete overhaul of the United States's "obesogenic" environment, the panel wrote. "People have heard the advice to eat less and move more for years, and during that time a large number of Americans...
  • Questioning Safety of Heavy Passengers on Planes

    05/08/2012 10:18:55 AM PDT · by Brandonmark · 51 replies
    NYT ^ | May 7, 2012 | CHRISTINE NEGRONI
    More than six decades ago, when the federal standards on the strength of airplane seats and seat belts were written, government regulations specified that seats be designed for a passenger weight of 170 pounds. But now the average American man weighs nearly 194 pounds and the average woman 165. Now, some engineers and scientists have raised questions about whether airplane seats, tested with crash dummies that reflect the 170-pound rule, are strong enough to protect heavy travelers. “If a heavier person completely fills a seat, the seat is not likely to behave as intended during a crash,” said Robert Salzar,...
  • Obesity-Linked Diabetes in Children Resists Treatment

    04/30/2012 8:05:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 29, 2012 | Denise Grady
    Obesity and the form of diabetes linked to it are taking an even worse toll on America’s youths than medical experts had realized. As obesity rates in children have climbed, so has the incidence of Type 2 diabetes, and a new study adds another worry: the disease progresses more rapidly in children than in adults and is harder to treat. “It’s frightening how severe this metabolic disease is in children,” said Dr. David M. Nathan, an author of the study and director of the diabetes center at Massachusetts General Hospital. “It’s really got a hold on them, and it’s hard...
  • In UK survey, doctors support denying treatment to smokers, the obese

    04/29/2012 7:06:05 AM PDT · by John W · 73 replies ^ | April 29, 2012 | staff
    A majority of doctors in a United Kingdom survey supported measures to deny non-emergency medical services to smokers and the obese, The Observer newspaper reported Sunday. Although the survey by the networking website was a self-selecting poll, the site's chief executive called the response "a tectonic shift" for the profession. The results feed into a British debate about "lifestyle rationing" by the National Health Service, the Observer reported.
  • Obesity is a Bigger Threat to Health Care Than Obamacare

    04/15/2012 5:08:01 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/15/12 | Roy A. Barnes
    Obesity is a Bigger Threat to Health Care Than ObamacareBy Roy A. Barnes | Yahoo! Contributor Network – 10 hrs ago COMMENTARY | HealthDay News reported Friday on a Mayo Clinic employees/retirees study showing obese people are more responsible for health care costs annually per person than normal weight people by $1,850, and $5,500 more if they're morbidly obese. Furthermore, 20.6 percent of health care costs are due to obesity, or $190.2 billion annually, according to Cornell University research also reported by HealthDay News. TV and other media pundits can rant and rave about the costs of Obamacare, but while...
  • Shift workers 'risking' Type 2 diabetes and obesity

    04/14/2012 7:41:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 April 2012 | James Gallagher
    Shift workers getting too little sleep at the wrong time of day may be increasing their risk of diabetes and obesity, according to researchers.The team is calling for more measures to reduce the impact of shift working following the results of its study.Researchers controlled the lives of 21 people, including meal and bedtimes.The results, published in Science Translational Medicine, showed changes to normal sleep meant the body struggled to control sugar levels.Some participants even developed early symptoms of diabetes within weeks.Shift work has been associated with a host of health problems. Doctors at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in the US,...
  • Surge in Obesity Sparks Crematorium Blazes

    04/13/2012 8:33:50 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    DER SPIEGEL ^ | April 13, 2012 | Ulf Hanke
    The crematorium employee in the western German town of Hamelin took a last look at the coffin before pushing it inside the furnace. This was the third coffin he had processed on the morning of January 13, and the body itself weighed over 200 kilograms (440 pounds). Of that, only two kilograms of ashes were supposed to remain after cremation. But, 15 minutes later, flames shot out of the crematorium's 10-meter-high (33-foot-high) stainless-steel chimney, and parts of it began to melt. Unable to bring the fire under control, the employee called the fire department. Firemen determined that the smoking chimney...
  • Maternal obesity, diabetes associated with autism, other developmental disorders

    04/09/2012 1:17:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 9-Apr-2012
    Public release date: 9-Apr-2012 Contact: Phyllis Brown 916-734-9023 University of California - Davis Health System This release is also available in Chinese on EurekAlert! Chinese. A major study of the relationships between maternal metabolic conditions and the risk that a child will be born with a neurodevelopmental disorder has found strong links between maternal diabetes and obesity and the likelihood of having a child with autism or another developmental disability. Conducted by researchers affiliated with the UC Davis MIND Institute, the study found that mothers who were obese were 1-2/3 times more likely to have a child with autism...
  • D.C. Dem to Introduce Bill to Change Eating Habits in ‘Workplace and Community Settings’

    04/06/2012 6:17:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | April 5, 2012 | Bridget Johnson
    The representative for a district with higher-than-average rates of obesity-related conditions will return from recess a week from Monday to reintroduce her Lifelong Improvements in Food and Exercise (LIFE) Act. D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) will say on the House floor, according to prepared remarks, that her bill is intended to tackle a health problem “that cannot be remedied through the health care system alone.” The LIFE Act would give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention $25 million “for a coordinated national effort to reverse increasingly sedentary lifestyles and diets that are high in fat and sugar.” That...
  • Global warming/obesity crises unite! — New theory: CO2 making us fat

    03/14/2012 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 24 replies
    Global warming/obesity crises unite! — New theory: CO2 making us fat By Caroline May - The Daily Caller 1:06 PM 03/14/2012 ADVERTISEMENT A Danish researcher claims he has discovered yet another reason to combat the rise of CO2 in the atmosphere: it is making us fat. According to the researcher, orexins, neuropeptide hormones in the brain that regulate energy, are negatively affected by CO2 — making us more tired and hungry, Science Nordic reports. Lars-Georg Hersoug of the Research Centre for Prevention and Health at Glostrup University Hospital tracked obesity over a 22-year span. He found that both thin and...
  • 11-Year-Old Reporter Challenges Michelle Obama on ‘Government’ Role in Anti-Childhood Obesity Push

    03/13/2012 8:00:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Blaze ^ | March 12, 2012 | Tiffany Gabbay
    The video featured above captures one of those rare, “out of the mouths of babes” moments. In an interview released Monday, an 11-year-old reporter named Topanga Sena challenged the first lady Let’s Move! anti-obesity program. Michelle Obama was asked to respond to critics of the program who say the government has no business telling people how to eat. Miss Topanga is certainly showing promise as a reporter and, according to the Free Beacon, is currently reporting for Scholastic News Kids Press Corps in Florida. Below is a transcript provided by the Beacon: TOPANGA SENA: How do you respond to critics...
  • “Food Deserts” not the Obesity Culprit

    03/09/2012 8:07:01 PM PST · by caldera599 · 31 replies
    Among the food-related bogeymen that activists blame for America’s bulging waistlines is the so-called “food desert,” an urban or rural area that has a shortage of supermarkets. At first blush, it might seem like living in one of these “deserts” would to reduce a person’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. However, there’s little evidence that these conditions are actually preventing people from finding nutritious foods if they want them. Regardless, activists ask for “supermarket subsidies” and restaurant zoning prohibitions. But there’s now more evidence that “food deserts” aren’t causing America’s kids to get fat. Researchers from the RAND Corporation...
  • Santorum pushes social agenda in Ohio

    03/03/2012 7:50:49 PM PST · by Mariner · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2012 | STEVE PEOPLES
    LIMA, Ohio (AP) -- Rick Santorum sees an America in need of more than economic recovery, warning Saturday that the nation's inattention to conservative social values is "damning people." "Folks if we know what works, why don't we talk about what works? Why don't we encourage it in our schools? Why don't we encourage it in our culture?" the Republican presidential candidate asked hundreds of people gathered at the Allen County Lincoln Day dinner. "Why are we damning people? Why are we condemning them to a life just because we won't talk about - we'll talk about childhood obesity until...
  • John Besh had a big week in the spotlight

    02/17/2012 6:39:52 PM PST · by Kirkwood · 7 replies
    The Times-Picayune ^ | 02/17/2012 | Brett Anderson
    It was a big week for John Besh, even by his eventful standards.... Apparently, several attendees of the “workshop” took Besh to task for lecturing about healthy eating on one hand while serving high calorie food at his restaurants on the other. “I went on to address a complex issue in very simple terms only to only be heckled by those that feel we can regulate restaurants to the point that our children will be happy and healthy,” Besh writes in his blog, which appears on “In response to these suggestions, I pointed to a variety of other options...
  • Michelle Obama Takes Aim at Military Weight (Yes, you read that right)

    02/10/2012 12:02:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies · 2+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 9, 2012 | Carol E. Lee
    First Lady Michelle Obama leaves Thursday for a three-day, four-state tour to mark the second anniversary of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to get Americans to eat healthier and be more physically fit. The trip is a mix of events and announcements, including one Thursday about a program intended to combat weight gain among members of the military. Mrs. Obama will make the announcement, along with the Department of Defense, at the Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., which has participated in a pilot program for the initiative. The initiative melds Mrs. Obama’s two signature policy goals as first lady –...
  • Military falls in line with Michelle O's diet plan

    02/09/2012 7:53:42 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 54 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | February 9, 2012 | Nancy Benac (Associated Press)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Hold the mystery meat: Military bases will soon be serving more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dishes under the first program in 20 years to improve nutrition standards across the armed services. First lady Michelle Obama and Pentagon officials planned to announce the effort Thursday during a visit to Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, where the military has been experimenting with the idea through a pilot program designed to improve the quality and variety of foods served on base. It's not just about giving members of the armed services a more svelte profile.
  • Jamie Oliver’s latest ** panic: ‘pink slime’

    01/30/2012 8:53:59 PM PST · by libertarian27 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Panic On a Plate ^ | Jan 29, 2012 | Rob Lyons
    Jamie Oliver has won an apparent victory by persuading McDonald’s to remove a form of ‘reclaimed meat’ from its burgers. It’s a victory built on ignorant scaremongering. News from America, where McDonald’s has responded to a segment in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution by removing an ingredient called ‘finely textured lean beef trimmings’ from its burgers. This luxurious-sounding product is in fact another form of ‘reclaimed meat’, where meat processors try to get every last bit of meat from an animal’s carcass. In the segment, Oliver shows a group of parents and children a cow and explains the value of each...