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April 16, 2014

Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON — Among severely obese people, vitamin D may make the difference between an active and a more sedentary lifestyle, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism on Tuesday.

The study found severely obese people who also were vitamin D-deficient walked slower and were less active overall than their counterparts who had healthy vitamin D levels. Poor physical functioning can reduce quality of life and even shorten lifespans.

March 26, 2014

Drive Medical on Tuesday introduced the Bariatric Rollator walker.

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — Drive Medical on Tuesday introduced the Bariatric Rollator walker.

The Bariatric Rollator features a 400-pound weight capacity and is extra-wide between the handles for more comfortable use. The 8-inch wheels are designed for both indoor and outdoor use. And the Bariatric Rollator includes a basket for carrying items. 

Other features include a soft padded oversized seat and a tool-free removable padded backrest for comfort.

February 26, 2014

The latest obesity data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Feb. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed a significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years.

ATLANTA — The latest obesity data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the Feb. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed a significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years. Obesity prevalence for this age group went from nearly 14% in 2003-2004 to just more than 8% in 2011-2012 — a decline of 43% — based on CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data. 

January 24, 2014

The United States Conference of Mayors announced winners of the 2014 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards.

WASHINGTON — The United States Conference of Mayors announced winners of the 2014 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards. The grant awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encouraged balanced diet choices and regular physical activity to maintain healthy weight.

The following cities were recognized:

January 15, 2014

Zafgen on Wednesday announced initial results from its Phase 2a study of beloranib, a selective inhibitor of methionine aminopeptidase 2 (MetAP2), in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome, a severe form of genetic obesity.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass — Zafgen on Wednesday announced initial results from its Phase 2a study of beloranib, a selective inhibitor of methionine aminopeptidase 2 (MetAP2), in patients with Prader-Willi syndrome, a severe form of genetic obesity. These results showed improvements in body weight, hunger-related behaviors and body composition, including reductions in body fat content and preserved lean body mass following four weeks of treatment. 

December 3, 2013

RediClinic, a Texas-based operator of care clinics based in H-E-B grocery stores, on Tuesday announced the newest version of Weigh Forward, its weight and lifestyle management program, which is being dubbed Weigh Forward 2.0.

HOUSTON — RediClinic, a Texas-based operator of care clinics based in H-E-B grocery stores, on Tuesday announced the newest version of Weigh Forward, its weight and lifestyle management program, which is being dubbed Weigh Forward 2.0.

The new version is a response to new obesity treatment guidelines recently published by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, the American college of Cardiology and the Obesity Society.

October 18, 2013

The overall prevalence of obesity among adults remained unchanged between 2009 and 2012, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

NEW YORK — The overall prevalence of obesity among adults remained unchanged between 2009 and 2012, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

September 23, 2013

A large majority of Americans consider obesity to be the country's biggest health problem, according to a new survey.

CINCINNATI — A large majority of Americans consider obesity to be the country's biggest health problem, according to a new survey.

September 19, 2013

Some overweight older adults don’t need to lose weight to extend their lives, but they could risk an earlier death if they pack on more pounds.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some overweight older adults don’t need to lose weight to extend their lives, but they could risk an earlier death if they pack on more pounds. According to a nationwide Ohio State University study released Thursday, people who were slightly overweight in their 50s but kept their weight relatively stable were the most likely to survive over the next 16 years.

They had better survival rates than even normal-weight individuals whose weight increased slightly, but stayed within the normal range.

September 11, 2013

Nearly all doctors say that the sharp growth in Type 2 diabetes around the world and the obesity epidemic are linked to excess sugar consumption, according to a new report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute.

NEW YORK — Nearly all doctors say that the sharp growth in Type 2 diabetes around the world and the obesity epidemic are linked to excess sugar consumption, according to a new report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute.

The institute, part of the global investment bank, released the report Wednesday titled "Sugar: Consumption at a Crossroads," which explores the medical, economic, consumer, corporate and public policy elements of global sugar consumption and what it means for investors.

August 15, 2013

Eisai, the U.S. pharmaceutical arm of Tokyo-based Eisai Co., announced the launch of a new website, "Closing the Gap: Obesity Management for Employers," to provide employers with an educational resource for information about obesity management.

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. — Eisai Inc., the U.S. pharmaceutical arm of Tokyo-based Eisai Co. Ltd., announced on Thursday the launch of a new website, "Closing the Gap: Obesity Management for Employers," to provide employers with an educational resource for information about obesity management.

August 8, 2013

Data released this week by federal health officials showed that between 2008 and 2011, the obesity rates of low-income preschoolers declined in 19-of-43 states and territories, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

WASHINGTON — Data released this week by federal health officials showed that between 2008 and 2011, the obesity rates of low-income preschoolers declined in 19-of-43 states and territories, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.

July 10, 2013

The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization released its annual "The State of Food and Agriculture Report" recently, finding that the adult obesity rate in Mexico was 32.8%, compared with 31.8% in the United States.

NEW YORK — One admittedly unhealthy way to feel better about a bad situation is to remind oneself that someone, somewhere has it worse. The latest news on obesity might serve such a purpose for Americans, according to a new report.

June 19, 2013

The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, which could affect how healthcare professionals approach the issue, the group said at its annual meeting in Chicago.

CHICAGO — The American Medical Association has officially recognized obesity as a disease, which could affect how healthcare professionals approach the issue, the group said at its annual meeting in Chicago.

The new policy was one of several adopted in a day of voting at the meeting, and the group said it would now recognize obesity as a disease requiring treatment and prevention.

April 10, 2013

Those older than 40 years may be making a negative impact on the future of the U.S. economy with the way they eat, live and keep track of their health, according to a white paper released Wednesday by the MetLife Mature Market Institute and co-authored by the Center for Healthy Aging.

NEW YORK — Those older than 40 years may be making a negative impact on the future of the U.S. economy with the way they eat, live and keep track of their health, according to a white paper released Wednesday by the MetLife Mature Market Institute and co-authored by the Center for Healthy Aging. 

March 4, 2013

True Drinks, a healthy beverage provider, has launched a new marketing campaign behind its Aquaball healthy kids' drinks in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" healthy food and exercise campaign to battle childhood obesity.

IRVINE, Calif. — True Drinks, Inc., a healthy beverage provider, has launched a new marketing campaign behind its healthy kids' drinks in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" healthy food and exercise campaign to battle childhood obesity.

February 15, 2013

A smoking cessation program developed by the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy will be deployed through Safeway pharmacies, the university announced. As part of the program, Safeway pharmacists will receive special training in counseling techniques.

It's one of the first partnerships of its kind and another example of how community pharmacy will be stepping into a more preventive healthcare role. You can expect to see more types of these smoking cessation programs along with other proactive health interventions tackling weight loss and encouraging healthier behaviors.

A smoking cessation program developed by the University of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy will be deployed through Safeway pharmacies, the university announced. As part of the program, Safeway pharmacists will receive special training in counseling techniques. 

September 24, 2012

The Safeway Foundation on Monday announced it is giving $2 million to community health programs and hospitals to launch grassroots projects for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

PLEASANTON, Calif. — The Safeway Foundation on Monday announced it is giving $2 million to community health programs and hospitals to launch grassroots projects for the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity.

The "Innovative Approaches to Preventing Childhood Obesity" grants are a part of an overall outreach and commitment to community health.

August 22, 2012

A growing number of truckers are paying closer attention to their health, according to published reports.

NEW YORK — A growing number of truckers are paying closer attention to their health, according to published reports.

USA Today reported that some trucking companies are adopting wellness program for drivers, while some truck stops are offering healthy food items and exercise rooms. Meanwhile, some truckers take bicycles with them or make their own food and take it along.

August 16, 2012

"Yo-yo dieting" — the repetitive loss and regain of body weight — does not negatively affect metabolism or the ability to lose weight long term, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reported in a new study published in the journal Metabolism.

SEATTLE — "Yo-yo dieting" — the repetitive loss and regain of body weight — does not negatively affect metabolism or the ability to lose weight long term, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center reported in a new study published in the journal Metabolism.

July 18, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new weight-loss drug made by Vivus, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new weight-loss drug made by Vivus, the agency said.

The FDA announced the approval of Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) extended-release, designed for use by overweight and obese adults alongside a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for chronic weight management. The drug's original brand name was Qnexa.

June 27, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for obesity in adults, the agency said Wednesday.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for obesity in adults, the agency said Wednesday.

The FDA announced the approval of Arena Pharmaceuticals' Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride), designed for use alongside reduced-calorie diets and exercise, for chronic weight management. Eisai will distribute the drug.

June 20, 2012

Frequenting certain retail stores may affect customers' waistlines, according to a new study.

NEW YORK — Frequenting certain retail stores may affect customers' waistlines, according to a new study.

May 22, 2012

Being overweight and obesity during adolescence are associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease risk factors, especially prediabetes and diabetes, according to researchers.

NEW YORK — Being overweight and obesity during adolescence are associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease risk factors, especially prediabetes and diabetes, according to researchers.

May 17, 2012

People with higher levels of education and higher income have lower rates of many chronic diseases compared with those with less education and lower income levels, according to "Health, United States, 2011" — the government’s annual comprehensive report on Americans’ health released Wednesday.

ATLANTA — People with higher levels of education and higher income have lower rates of many chronic diseases compared with those with less education and lower income levels, according to "Health, United States, 2011" — the government’s annual comprehensive report on Americans’ health released Wednesday.