December 30, 2013

At an Unhealthy 78 Million

1 U.S. Adult Obesity Rise May Have Stalled

The latest obesity numbers from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics are out, and the steady rise in national obesity that began in 1980 appears to have leveled off at 35.7 percent, which is down by 0.8 percent from 2010. That modest percentage decrease actually reflects a rise in the general population, with the number of obese adults holding at 78 million. The CDC report notes that U.S. obesity rates haven't changed significantly since 2004. The middle-aged are most obesity prone, at 39.5 percent, compared to 30.3 percent and 35.4 percent for younger and older adults respectively. Demographically, obesity rates are highest for black and Hispanic adults, at 47.8 percent and 42.5 percent, compared to 32.6 percent for white adults and an enviable 11 percent for Asians.

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

Previously: US Obesity Rates Rise Agian

Tags: US Obesity Rates, Percentage of Obese Americans, CDC Obesity Statistics, Number of Obese People in USA

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It’s Heeeere!

2 Flu Activity Increases Nationwide

Flu season has begun in the U.S. with flu activity increasing nationwide and six southern states reporting high numbers of cases. They are AL, LA, MO, MS, OK and TX, say CDC officials. The strain of flu that’s dominating early in this season is the H1N1 virus, the same strain that caused the flu pandemic in 2009. H1N1 sickens mostly younger adults, ages 18-49, and those ages 49-64. CDC officials have already received reports of serious respiratory illness and death in these age groups. The CDC reports that it’s too soon to gauge the seriousness of this year’s flu season or how well this year’s vaccine matches the prevalent strains. However, they still recommend that everyone older than six months of age get an annual flu shot. Flu season usually peaks in the months of January and February.

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

Previously: H1N1 Kills via an over-Reactive Immune Response

Tags: CDC, Flu Season, Flu Vaccine, H1N1, Influenza

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Your Mind's Tricks

3 Peer Pressure Could Influence Food Choices

Realize it or not, peer pressure could play a role in what and how much you eat. New findings from British researchers show that it’s possible to transmit eating behaviors socially. The review of 15 studies published in 11 different journals found that food choices are linked with social identity, and the influence is present even when you’re eating alone. Lead researcher Eric Robinson of the University of Liverpool says that human behavior, such as eating, can be influenced by a “perceived group norm,” even in the absence of motivation to please others. For example, when people were told that others were eating large quantities, they were more likely to eat more themselves. The review was published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

More at WebMD | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Moms: Teens Should Speak Minds at Home

Tags: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Peer Pressure Dieting, Influences Food Choices, Food Norms

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