Americans are fatter than ever, CDC survey finds

The results are in from the one of the largest and broadest surveys of health in the United States. And although many of the findings are encouraging — more Americans had health insurance and fewer smoked cigarettes in 2015 than in previous years — the gains were overshadowed by rising rates of obesity and diabetes.

Every year since 1957, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been asking Americans 18 and older about their health and the health of their family members as part of the National Health Interview Survey. The new report contains data from the 2015 survey, which included more than 100,000 people.

“There are some positives that we see” in the report, said Brian Ward, health statistician at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics and one of the authors of the report, which came out this week.

One such positive was that participants seemed to have more access to health care in 2015 than in recent years, based on their answers about whether they were insured and had a place to go for medical care, such as a doctor’s office or clinic.

However, the big negative is that the rate of obesity in the United States is continuing its upward march. In 2015, 30.4% of Americans 20 and older said they were obese, up from 29.9% in 2014.

Although the 2015 rate is not significantly higher than the previous year’s, it represents a continuation of a trend that has been going on since at least 1997, when researchers began using the current survey and when only 19.4% of Americans said they were obese.

“That is not a good trend there,” Ward said. “[But] it is not necessarily anything unexpected.”

Source: Americans are fatter than ever, CDC survey finds – CNN.com

500-pound gangster packs snacks for court hearing

A 500-pound gangster accused of operating a massive gun-running ring wasn’t about to go hungry at his hearing in Bronx Criminal Court on Monday.

Suspect William “Wobbles’’ Soler made sure he had a secret stash of food — a clear plastic bag of honey-roasted Planters peanuts hidden on his left side, tucked between him and his wheelchair.

The tubby, tattooed gangster was rolled in through the audience entrance, since his wheelchair won’t fit through the door by which inmates typically enter.

Looking annoyed, Wobbles, 33, watched as his lawyer and prosecutors privately hashed out issues in front of the judge for several minutes.

The case was then adjourned until May 6.

Wobbles’ lawyer, Brian Sullivan, said his client has lost up to 80 pounds since his arrest a year ago.

Source: 500-pound gangster packs snacks for court hearing | New York Post

Plateau But No Decline: Child Obesity Rates Hold Steady

When it comes to reversing the obesity epidemic, there have been glimmers of hope that the U.S. might be making headway, especially with young children.

 

For instance, back in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documented declines in obesity rates among low-income preschoolers in many states. And case studies in cities including Kearney, Neb., Vance, N.C., and New York , N.Y., have reported progress, too.

 

But a new study published in the journal Obesity concludes that — though the prevalence of obesity among U.S. children has plateaued in recent years — there is no indication of a national decline.

 

“If you look at the long-term from 1999 to 2014, we see a pretty consistent increase in obesity across all-aged children,” says study author Asheley Cockrell Skinner, a researcher at the Duke Clinical Research Institute at Duke University. And she points to a continued increase in the rate of severe, or morbid, obesity among teens, which rose from 6 percent in 1999 to about 10 percent in 2014.

Source: Plateau But No Decline: Child Obesity Rates Hold Steady : The Salt : NPR

Don’t use body mass index to determine whether people are healthy, UCLA-led study says

The study found that close to half of Americans who are considered overweight by virtue of their BMIs — 34.4 million people — are healthy, as are 19.8 million who are considered obese.

 

But a new study led by UCLA psychologists has found that using BMI to gauge health incorrectly labels more than 54 million Americans as “unhealthy,” even though they are not. The researchers’ findings are published online today in the International Journal of Obesity.

 

“Many people see obesity as a death sentence,” said A. Janet Tomiyama, an assistant professor of psychology in the UCLA College and the study’s lead author. “But the data show there are tens of millions of people who are overweight and obese and are perfectly healthy.”

Source: Don’t use body mass index to determine whether people are healthy, UCLA-led study says

Food giants vow to cut calories to beat tax but Coke may stay the same

The soft drinks industry claims that an “unprecedented” series of measures will help cut the nation’s sugar consumption by a fifth.

 

They include promises to avoid targeting the under-16s, as well as introducing smaller, healthier products.

 

Meanwhile, Kellogg’s is vowing to cut 723 tons of sugar next year from cereals such as Frosties and Coco Pops.

 

The moves come just days before David Cameron decides whether to press ahead with a controversial sugar levy to help tackle childhood obesity.

 

Coca-Cola, which owns a range of soft drinks including Lilt and Sprite, is part of an industry-wide pledge to cut sugar consumption by 20 per cent before 2020.

 

But the company — which cut the calories in its drinks by five per cent in 2014 — is only promising another five per cent drop over the next nine years.

 

And it is understood the seven teaspoons of sugar currently in the iconic red 330ml Coke can will stay the same.

Source: Food giants vow to cut calories to beat tax but Coke may stay the same

Healthy food labels ‘fuel obesity crisis’ say Austin McCombs School of Business

Health labels on food could be making people fatter rather than helping them to lose weight, a study has found.

 

People eat more food than they should if it is labelled healthy because they think it is less filling than fatty options.

 

Consumers tend to binge when they see nutritional signs because they automatically assume they are making a better choice.
As a result they could end up consuming more calories overall, researchers said.

 

The results suggest that, while eating too much is often the cause of obesity, eating too much healthy food could make you fat too.

Source: Healthy food labels ‘fuel obesity crisis’ say Austin McCombs School of Business | Daily Mail Online

Dame Sally Davies claims obesity in women ‘as dangerous as terror threat’

Obesity poses as big a risk to the nation as terrorism, says the Chief Medical Officer.

Dame Sally Davies wants the obesity crisis in women to be classed alongside flooding and major outbreaks of disease – as well as the threat from violent extremism.

Her extraordinary claim comes as she warns today that being overweight affects all stages of women’s lives – including in the womb.

It may lead them to being teased as teenagers, having higher-risk pregnancies and possibly developing breast cancer or heart disease after the menopause.

‘Action is required across all of society to prevent obesity and its associated problems from shortening women’s lives and affecting their quality of life,’ she will say.

She will also urge that mothers-to-be should ‘not to eat for two’ because it is fuelling the obesity crisis.

The advice is a ‘myth’ and women who are too fat are not only jeopardising their own health, they also risk storing up problems for their unborn children.

Expectant mothers who are overweight or obese are far more likely to suffer miscarriages, develop dangerously high blood pressure or complications that make them infertile.

Source: Dame Sally Davies claims obesity in women ‘as dangerous as terror threat’ | Daily Mail Online

Fat-Shaming on the London Underground

They come every year around this time, as reliably as the chilling of the air and the preponderance of red coffee cups: the public-relations pitches, bedecked in exclamation points and cheer, offering expert tips on how to fight the holiday weight, or win the battle of the bulge, or stay svelte through New Year’s. If I had a nickel for every email in my inbox right now exhorting me to put down the pie, I’d have enough money to buy myself several more pies. Not the grocery-store brand, either. The fancy bakery kind.

‘Tis the season, in other words, to make some strangers feel bad about their bodies. Over the weekend, some people in London, purportedly from a group called Overweight Haters Ltd., took that to heart:

Kara Florish, an employee of the U.K.’s National Health Service, tweeted on Saturday that someone had handed her the card while she was riding the London Underground.Here’s the back:According to the BBC, London Transport is encouraging any riders who see the cards being distributed to notify the police.

Fat Thanks to Ketul P. for the tip!

Source: Fat-Shaming on the London Underground – CityLab

Type 2 diabetes can be cured through weight loss, Newcastle University finds

Millions of people suffering from Type 2 diabetes could be cured of the disease if they just lost weight, a new study suggests.

Scientists at Newcastle University have shown the disease is caused by fat accumulating in the pancreas and losing less than one gram from the organ can reverse the life-limiting illness and restore insulin production.

Type 2 diabetes affects 3.3 million people in England and Wales and, until now, was thought to be chronic. It can lead to blindness, stroke, kidney failure and limb amputation.

“For people with Type 2 diabetes, losing weight allows them to drain excess fat out of the pancreas and allows function to return to normal”
Professor Roy Taylor, Newcastle University

But now researchers at Newcastle have shown that the disease can be reversed, even in obese people who have had the condition for a long time.

18 obese people with Type 2 diabetes who were given gastric band surgery and put on a restricted diet for eight weeks were cured of their condition. During the trial the patients, aged between 25 and 65, lost an average of 2.2 stone, which was around 13 per cent of their body weight. Crucially they also lost 0.6 grams of fat from their pancreas, allowing the organ to secrete normal levels of insulin.

Source: Type 2 diabetes can be cured through weight loss, Newcastle University finds

Passenger Claims He Was Kicked Off Plane For Being Overweight

An Orange County man said he is outraged by the way he was treated on an American Airlines flight because he is overweight.

Chris Shelley claimed he was kicked off the plane because he weighs a few more pounds.

“The worst part was being treated as if I was some sort of criminal. Not only a criminal, but a fat criminal,” Shelley said.

The Huntington Beach engineer, who said he flies more than 100,000 miles a year, cannot help but wonder “if this is customer service, American Airlines shouldn’t be in business,” he said.

Shelley said his nightmare began after he boarded an American Airlines flight from Dallas to Orange County on Friday, when an elderly petite woman sat in the aisle seat next to him.“She was clearly not particularly happy, got up and left and went towards the front of the aircraft,” Shelley said.

The retired marine did not think anything of it until “a young gentleman in a vest with an American Airlines emblem on it turns to me and says: ‘Sir! You need to take your things and deplane immediately. Come with me. I was in shock,” Shelley said.

He said the employee told him the woman seated next to him complained he was too big for his seat. “They told me anyone over two inches in the seat cannot sit on the aircraft.”

Shelley said he was shocked when the airline did not offer a solution.

“They never once asked me or anyone else if we could switch seats. It was just simply – get off the plane!” He said after begging the employee to ask the woman, who complained about him, to just switch seats. She agreed. He was able re-board the plane.

American Airlines sent him two apology emails. A spokesperson said the company has launched an investigation.

Source: Passenger Claims He Was Kicked Off Plane For Being Overweight « CBS Los Angeles