Posts Tagged: obesity

“Food Insecurity” Challenges Many College Students

College students are much more likely to experience “food insecurity” than the general population, according to recent studies. A student survey at a campus in rural Oregon indicated 59 percent of them are less likely to have ready access to nutritious food, the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior recently reported. The USDA defines food… Read more »

Why Prenatal Care Must
Include Diabetes Screening

All pregnant women should get gestational diabetes screening, according to a report issued by the US Preventative Services Task Force and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Many physicians, including those within the North Shore-LIJ Health System, routinely perform these tests. The journal recommended specific, stringent testing guidelines that may help reduce the dangers… posted in: Diabetes, Women's Health tags:


About that Halloween Letter

A woman in Fargo, ND, denied candy to certain children yesterday. Instead, she gave them a Halloween letter for their parents. The letter read, in part: “Your child is, in my opinion, moderately obese and should not be consuming sugar and treats to the extent of some children this Halloween season. “My hope is that… Read more »

Heart Disease Prevention: A Gift to Yourself

Heart health can be easier to achieve than you might think. It is not about grueling workouts and living on bland food, but lifestyle choices that help you feel alive and vital and make your heart sing. It’s empowering to know that 80 to 90 percent of heart disease is preventable. Here’s how to stay… Read more »

The Super Bowl — A Four-Quarter Feast

While Americans debate the east-versus-west coast battle on Sunday and more than 100 Super Bowl players push their bodies to the max, most of us will be practicing hand-to-mouth drills — even though more than 60 percent of our country is already overweight. During the Super Bowl, our best efforts at healthy eating can take… Read more »

Strokes in Young People Are Increasing

Actor Frankie Muniz’s stroke at age 26 spotlights an alarming health trend: Clinicians are seeing more young people having strokes without a clear cause. Historically, stroke was considered a problem for the elderly and increased risk was associated with pre-existing hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis) and heart disease. Young adults who had strokes often had… Read more »

Stroke in Young Adults Becoming More Common

Stroke may be affecting people at a younger age, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology. This is not the first study to suggest this unsettling trend and other research has found similar results. The first question to ask is whether stroke in young people only appears to be more common because… Read more »

More Cause for Concern About BPA: Obesity

Prenatal and childhood exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and obesity are “significantly associated,” according to a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. BPA is a chemical used in manufacturing certain plastics and as a lining for many food and drink containers. The new research re-affirms prior studies that demonstrate a link… Read more »

To Be Fit – or to Lose Fat? That Is the Question

Jean Cacciabaudo, MD The great debate in wellness focuses on fitness vs. fatness. Most healthcare professionals encourage overweight patients to get down to a healthy weight. However, recent research suggests that getting to a healthy weight and maintaining it may be daunting, since patients often yo-yo between weight loss and gain. So where should we… Read more »