• Obesity Sep 18

    American Obesity Rate Hits New Record

    The number of Americans considered obese has topped 42-percent, and that puts millions at risk for COVID-19 complications.

  • COVID-19 Sep 8

    Doctors Studying Why Obesity May Be Tied to Serious COVID-19

    Obesity seems to put people at higher risk for getting very sick if they’re infected with the coronavirus, and doctors are trying to figure out why

  • Food Deserts Jul 23

    How Two Los Angeles Entrepreneurs Are Fighting America's Food Desert Crisis

    In 2018, one analysis found there were four liquor stores for every grocery store in South Los Angeles. That’s why the Healthy Neighborhood Market Network is transforming liquor stores into healthy food stores—without getting rid of the liquor. Twelve miles away in Compton, Roland Jackson is also on a mission to provide locals with healthy food options. NBCLX’s Cody Broadway...

  • Obesity Feb 27

    About 40% of US Adults Are Obese, Government Survey Finds

    A new government survey finds that about 40% of American adults are obese

  • Obesity Dec 19, 2019

    Study Estimates That Half of US Adults Will Be Obese by 2030

    There’s no way to sugarcoat this news: Nearly half of American adults will be obese within a decade and one-quarter will be severely so, a new report predicts....


    It corrects for a weakness in previous estimates that may have made the problem seem not as big as it really is. Those estimates often relied on national health surveys and people tend...

  • energy Dec 5, 2019

    How Daylight Saving Time Affects Health

    Here’s what science has to say about a twice-yearly ritual affecting nearly 2 billion people worldwide.

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sep 25, 2019

    A Spoonful Less Sugar, Tad More Fat: US Diets Still Lacking

    Americans’ diets are a little less sweet and a little crunchier but there’s still too much sugar, white bread and artery-clogging fat, a study suggests. Overall, the authors estimated there was a modest improvement over 16 years on the government’s healthy eating index, from estimated scores of 56 to 58. That’s hardly cause for celebration — 100 is the top...

  • D.C. Sep 9, 2019

    Americans Love Snacks. What Does That Mean for Their Health?

    Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity. Eating habits in the U.S. have changed significantly in recent decades, and packaged bars, chips and sweets have spread into every corner of life. In the late 1970s, about 40 percent of American adults said they didn’t have any...

  • Russia Jul 9, 2019

    US Life Expectancy Has Been Declining. Here's Why

    The average life expectancy in the U.S. has been on the decline for three consecutive years. A baby born in 2017 is expected to live to be 78.6 years old, which is down from 78.7 the year before, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

  • United States Jun 18, 2019

    US Preschoolers Less Pudgy in Latest Sign of Falling Obesity

    Preschoolers on government food aid have grown a little less pudgy, a U.S. study found, offering fresh evidence that previous signs of declining obesity rates weren’t a fluke. Obesity rates dropped steadily to about 14% in 2016 — the latest data available — from 16% in 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. “It gives us more hope...

  • author Jun 14, 2019

    What's So Bad About Processed Foods? Scientists Offer Clues

    Chips, soda and frozen pizzas tend to be full of salt, sugar and fat, but now scientists are trying to understand if there’s something else about such processed foods that might be bad for us. Already, the spread of cheap, packaged foods has been linked to rising obesity rates around the world. Yet advice to limit processed foods can seem...

  • Chicago Jun 10, 2019

    Sleeping With the TV on May Make You Gain Weight

    Dozing off to late-night TV or sleeping with other lights on may mix up your metabolism and lead to weight gain and even obesity, provocative but preliminary U.S. research suggests. The National Institutes of Health study published Monday isn’t proof, but it bolsters evidence suggesting that too much exposure to light at night could pose health risks. “Evolutionarily we are...

  • social media May 28, 2019

    Health Paradox: New US Diabetes Cases Fall as Obesity Rises

    The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren’t sure why. New federal data released Tuesday found the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009. Earlier research had spotted a decline, and the new report shows it’s been...

  • United States May 22, 2019

    News4 Your Sunday: High Blood Pressure Month

    Dr. J. Keith Melancon, medical director at the GW Ron and Joy Paul Kidney Center, discusses how to keep healthy with regards to your blood pressure and kidneys.

  • food May 21, 2019

    Cholesterol Improves in US Kids Despite High Obesity Rates

    Cholesterol levels in children and teens improved in the latest analysis of U.S. health surveys, yet only half of them had readings considered ideal. Overall, 7% of kids had high cholesterol in surveys from 2009 to 2016. That was down from 10% a decade earlier. In children, high levels mean 200 or above and ideal measures are below 170. The...

  • North Carolina Apr 23, 2019

    Americans Getting More Inactive, Computers Partly to Blame

    Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found. Over almost a decade, average daily sitting time increased by roughly an hour, to about eight hours for U.S. teens and almost 6 1/2 hours for adults, according to the researchers. That includes school...

  • The Associated Press Apr 15, 2019

    Study Finds Diabetes Drug May Prevent, Slow Kidney Disease

    A drug that’s used to help control blood sugar in people with diabetes has now been shown to help prevent or slow kidney disease, which causes millions of deaths each year and requires hundreds of thousands of people to use dialysis to stay alive. Doctors say it’s hard to overstate the importance of this study, and what it means for...

  • United States Apr 2, 2019

    US Experts Reviewing Low-Carb, Other Diets for Guidelines

    With keto-friendly recipes sweeping social media, some followers of low-carb eating are hoping for a nod of approval in the upcoming U.S. dietary guidelines that advise Americans on what to eat. It may seem minor, but backers say low-carb’s inclusion could influence nutrition advice that doctors give and help shape government food programs like school lunches. Currently, the guidelines cite...

  • United States Mar 15, 2019

    Are Eggs Good or Bad for You? New Research Rekindles Debate

    The latest U.S. research on eggs won’t go over easy for those can’t eat breakfast without them. Adults who ate about 1 ½ eggs daily had a slightly higher risk of heart disease than those who ate no eggs. The study showed the more eggs, the greater the risk. The chances of dying early were also elevated. The researchers say...

  • San Francisco Jan 30, 2019

    Food Industry Sway Over Public Health Gets New Scrutiny

    The tweet from a group that finances development in Latin America was direct: Sodas do not offer beauty or joy, just a lot of sugar. There was one problem for the organization. Coca-Cola was a funder. The Inter-American Development Bank’s management told Coke it hadn’t been aware of the tweet, and subsequently invited the company to write a blog post...

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