March 20, 2013

Billboard Butts & Bellies?

1 Outdoor Food Ads Linked to Obesity Rates

According to a study reported in the journal BMC Public Health, urban areas that have more outdoor food advertising also have a higher proportion of residents who are obese. The study involved recording every outdoor ad in 228 census tracts in or around Los Angeles and New Orleans, and then surveying nearly 3,000 residents to determine average height and weight information. The study's conclusion was that each ten percent rise in the number of local food ads correlated with a five percent increase in the number of obese inhabitants. The authors theorize that reductions or limitations on the number of such outdoor ads may aid in controlling obesity, but it's not yet known whether such ads promote obesity, or food companies concentrate their ads in areas where the heavy eaters live.

More at Nytimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Food Advertising, Food Ads and Obesity, Advertising and Obesity, Causes of Obesity

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South & Midwest Most Glum

2 Gallup: US Has a 10-State "Sadness Belt”

Gallup's annual “saddest states” survey indicates there is a "sadness belt" in the American South and Midwest. The survey, which measures individuals' life evaluation, work environment, physical and emotional health and other factors, has found a cluster of states with high rates of depression, occupational dissatisfaction, health issues and obesity. The saddest state is West Virginia, followed in order by Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana and Oklahoma. Their residents tend to hate their jobs, smoke more, and under-exercise. By contrast, people in the happiest states -- Hawaii, Colorado, Minnesota, Utah, Vermont, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Iowa and Massachusetts -- are healthier, weigh less, and are much less depressed.

More at Dailymail.co.uk | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Saddest US States, Gallup Sadness Survey, Sadness Belt States, Happiness Survey, Happiest US States

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And Talk More on Cell Phones Too

3 US Drivers Text More Than Other Motorists

American drivers text and talk on cellphones more than their European counterparts finds a CDC report conducted in 2011 that compared drivers’ cell phone use in the US, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. The self-reported survey results indicate that for cellphone use, European rates ranged from 20.5% in Britain to 59.4% in Portugal versus 67% for Americans. However, about 31% of American drivers said they read or sent text messages while driving compared with 15% of drivers in Spain. While there were few differences between men and women, more people ages 25-44 reported talking on a cell phone than those ages 55 to 64. The percentage of those who reported texting while driving was also higher among people ages 18-34 than older drivers.

More at LATimes.com | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: 7 in 10 Young Drivers Text While Driving

Tags: Automobile Safety, CDC, Centers for Disease Control, Texting While Driving, Teens and Texting While Driving, Americans Texting and Driving

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Is Regular Milk Better?

4 Skim Milk Not Answer to Childhood Obesity

Skim and low-fat milks may not help curb childhood obesity, say researchers. The research found that kids who were normal weight at the beginning of the study and regularly consumed 1% milk had a 57 percent increased risk for being overweight or obese by age 4. In general, the kids drinking skim milk were heaviest, while those drinking whole milk were lightest. Published in Archives of Disease in Childhood, the study found that even after adjusting for the effect of other drinks, 14 percent of heavier children aged 2 consumed 1% milk compared to only 9 percent of kids who were normal weight. Sixteen percent of overweight or obese kids aged 4 drank 2% milk, and 13 percent of 4-year-olds who were normal weigh drank it. Kids who consumed 2% milk had lower BMIs than kids drinking 1% milk.

More at CNN | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Skim Milk School Lunches, Solving Childhood Obesity Crisis, Preventing Childhood Obesity, Low Fat Milk Kids, Archives of Disease in Childhood

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