obesity http://kut.org en Study: The Hottest and Coldest U.S. Places are Also the Fattest http://kut.org/post/study-hottest-and-coldest-us-places-are-also-fattest <p>Rising summer temperatures could lead to expanded waistlines, according to a study announced today by University of Texas researchers.</p><p>Research from Paul von Hippel, an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has shown that adults living in counties with the highest and lowest temperatures are the least active and by extension, the most obese. This especially holds true for areas with humid summers and dark winters.</p><p>Hippel and co-author Rebecca Benson, a UT doctoral student, studied each of the 3,000 counties in the United States, assessing different variables that could predict why some counties were more obese than others. Many of the counties in the Southeast account for areas with the highest rates of obesity. The mountain West, with cool, dry summers, represents the lowest proportion of obese adults.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:40:58 +0000 Joseph Baucum 10678 at http://kut.org Study: The Hottest and Coldest U.S. Places are Also the Fattest New Rules Would Curb How Kids Are Sold Junk Food At School http://kut.org/post/new-rules-would-curb-how-kids-are-sold-junk-food-school If you want to teach kids to adopt healthier eating habits, it's probably unwise to give them coupons for fast food chains at school.<p>And those advertisements for sugary sodas on the gymnasium scoreboard? Seems like another mixed message schools are sending kids.<p>That's why the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed new <a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2014-04100.pdf">school wellness guidelines</a> Tuesday aimed at cracking down on the widespread marketing of less-than-nutritious foods to kids on campus during the school day. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:56:45 +0000 Maria Godoy 9845 at http://kut.org New Rules Would Curb How Kids Are Sold Junk Food At School In These Gyms, Nobody Cares How You Look In Yoga Pants http://kut.org/post/these-gyms-nobody-cares-how-you-look-yoga-pants If you want to lift weights or use the treadmill at Downsize Fitness, you have to be at least 50 pounds overweight.<p>Kendall Schrantz is a fan – and a member.<p>The 24-year-old has struggled with her weight since she was in the second grade. The looks she got at other gyms made her uncomfortable.<p>But now she drives more than an hour to Downsize Fitness in Fort Worth three times a week, just to exercise.<p>"It's worth every single penny I paid for gas," she said. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:12:56 +0000 Lauren Silverman 9590 at http://kut.org In These Gyms, Nobody Cares How You Look In Yoga Pants Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat http://kut.org/post/following-bloombergs-lead-mexico-aims-fight-fat Nearly a third of all Mexicans are obese, putting Mexico at the top of the list of overweight nations — ahead of the United States.<p>In the battle against the bulge, lawmakers are taking aim at consumer's pocketbooks. They're proposing a series of new taxes on high calorie food and sodas. Health advocates say the higher prices will get Mexicans to change bad habits, but the beverage industry and small businesses are fighting back.<p>Moises Orozco's convenience store in a middle-class Mexico City neighborhood has been in his family for more than 30 years. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:27:44 +0000 Carrie Kahn, NPR 9007 at http://kut.org Following Bloomberg's Lead, Mexico Aims To Fight Fat Concern Grows as Obesity Soars Among Texas Latinos http://kut.org/post/concern-grows-obesity-soars-among-texas-latinos <p>Latinos are Texas’ fastest-growing population group. And they are grappling with soaring obesity rates. According to the <a href="https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/obesity/" target="_blank">Department of State Health Services</a>, almost 40 percent of Hispanics are obese. To combat the health crisis, cities as well as state lawmakers are aiming to get Latinos exercising and eating healthier.</p><p>The <a href="http://txsdc.utsa.edu/Reports/2009/ObesityRateProjections/THI_Obesity_Summary.pdf" target="_blank">Texas State Demographer’s office</a> expects that by 2030, nearly six million Latinos will be obese. That number could soar to almost nine and a half million by 2040. All that adds up to a looming health crisis, with potentially high costs for the state.</p><p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 12:56:59 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7068 at http://kut.org Concern Grows as Obesity Soars Among Texas Latinos Texas Among Most Obese States in U.S. http://kut.org/post/texas-among-most-obese-states-us <p>Obesity continues to be a serious and worsening health problem in the U.S. and globally. And Texas is no exception to this trend.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/" target="_blank">Centers for Disease Control and Prevention</a> recently reported that Texans rank among the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html">13 states</a> in the nation which have the highest obesity rates. <span style="mso-spacerun:yes">&nbsp;</span>Between 30 and 35 percent of Texans said they were obese as part of a national survey conducted by the CDC.</p><p class="MsoNormal">The data, collected in 2011, represents a new baseline because of the way cell phones users were included in the survey. The survey is known as the&nbsp;Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (<a href="http://www.cdc.gov/surveillancepractice/reports/brfss/brfss_faqs.html">BRFSS</a>).</p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 19:20:21 +0000 Margaret Nicklas 4876 at http://kut.org Texas Among Most Obese States in U.S. A Dire Sign of the Obesity Epidemic: Teen Diabetes http://kut.org/post/dire-sign-obesity-epidemic-teen-diabetes Karlton Hill was only 12 years old when when he found out he had diabetes. Even though he was only in seventh grade, Karlton knew what diabetes was; he had watched the disease destroy his great-grandmother's life.<p>"I was really upset. I cried," he says. "I didn't want any of this to happen to me. Mon, 21 May 2012 14:52:50 +0000 4283 at http://kut.org A Dire Sign of the Obesity Epidemic: Teen Diabetes Pounding Away At America's Obesity Epidemic http://kut.org/post/pounding-away-americas-obesity-epidemic The numbers are staggering: One-third of Americans are obese; another third are overweight. Some 26 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. An additional 79 million more are pre-diabetic. Thanks to these figures, the children of today have a good chance of becoming the first generation of Americans to die at younger ages than their parents.<p>A new HBO documentary series, <em>The Weight of the Nation</em>, explores how our country got this way and what can be done to tackle what has become a growing national health crisis. Mon, 14 May 2012 15:58:14 +0000 4230 at http://kut.org Pounding Away At America's Obesity Epidemic Even A Small Slowdown In Obesity's Rise Would Save Big Money http://kut.org/post/even-small-slowdown-obesitys-rise-would-save-big-money Slowing the rising rates of obesity in this country by just 1 percent a year over the next two decades would slice the costs of health care by $85 billion.<p>Keep obesity rates where they are now — well below a 33 percent increase that's been expected by some — and the savings would hit nearly $550 billion over the same 20 years.<p>Those are two attention-grabbing conclusions from <a href="http://www.ajpmonline.org">an analysis</a> released this morning at the <a href="http://www.weightofthenation.org/">Weight of the Nation</a> conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Centers for Disea Mon, 07 May 2012 16:46:42 +0000 4175 at http://kut.org Even A Small Slowdown In Obesity's Rise Would Save Big Money AM Update: Discrimination Against Overweight Job Applicants, STAAR Test Begins, Baylor's NCAA Bow http://kut.org/post/am-update-discrimination-against-overweight-job-applicants-staar-test-begins-baylors-ncaa-bow <p><strong>Victoria Hospital Bans Overweight Job Applicants</strong></p><p>KUT&nbsp;News&#39; reporting partner, The Texas Tribune, <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-health-resources/health-reform-and-texas/victoria-hospital-wont-hire-very-obese-workers/">reports</a> a hospital in Victoria, Texas, bans job applicants from employment for being too overweight.</p><blockquote><p>The <a href="http://citizensmedicalcenter.org/">Citizens Medical Center</a> policy, instituted a little more than a year ago, requires potential employees to have a body mass index of less than 35 &mdash;&nbsp;which is 210 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-5, and 245 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-10. It states that an employee&rsquo;s physique &ldquo;should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional,&rdquo; including an appearance &ldquo;free from distraction&rdquo; for hospital patients.</p></blockquote><p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:15:24 +0000 Lucia Duncan & Carlos Morales 3910 at http://kut.org AM Update: Discrimination Against Overweight Job Applicants, STAAR Test Begins, Baylor's NCAA Bow Obesity-Related Bills That Almost Made It http://kut.org/post/obesity-related-bills-almost-made-it <p>Texas is now the 12th Fattest state in and is ranked 7th in childhood obesity.</p><p>It is more likely that a child will be obese if the parent is, said Dr. Shreela Sharma, assistant professor at the Michael and <a href="http://www.sph.uth.tmc.edu/dellhealthyliving/">Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living</a> at UTHealth.</p><p>This has been on the mind of some Texas Legislators this past 82nd session. But not everyone was able to get their bills passed. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 22:10:00 +0000 Kristen Cabrera 1915 at http://kut.org Obesity-Related Bills That Almost Made It Texas Obesity Ranking Ticks Higher http://kut.org/post/texas-obesity-ranking-ticks-higher <p>Texas is the 12th most obese state in the U.S., according to <em>F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America&#39;s Future 2011</em>. The <a href="http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2011/release.php?stateid=TX">report</a> is from the non-profit research group <a href="http://www.healthyamericans.org/">Trust for America&rsquo;s Health</a>.</p><p>Texas has been slowly creeping up the list for the past two years, ranking <a href="http://www.healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2009/release.php?stateid=TX">14th in 2009</a>, and <a href="http://healthyamericans.org/reports/obesity2010/release.php?stateid=TX">13th in 2010</a>. The obesity rate in Texas for adults is 30 percent.&nbsp; Fifteen years ago that number was 16 percent.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Jul 2011 22:23:53 +0000 Kristen Cabrera 1902 at http://kut.org Texas Obesity Ranking Ticks Higher