Topic: obesity statistics

Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn’t Cut Health Care Costs For Formerly Obese

Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Cut Health Care Costs For Formerly Obese

One of the arguments for expanding insurance coverage of weight loss surgery is that despite the surgery’s upfront costs, it saves patients (and the insurance system) money in the long run by mitigating the negative health effects of obesity. But according to a new study published in JAMA Surgery: Not so. Obese patients who got bariatric surgery continued to have similar—or even slightly higher—health care costs than counterparts who didn’t have the bariatric procedure. More »

Behold The 1st-Ever Diabetes Guidelines For Children (i.e. A Sign That Way Too Many Kids Have Type 2 Diabetes)

Behold The 1st-Ever Diabetes Guidelines For Children (i.e. A Sign That Way Too Many Kids Have Type 2 Diabetes)

Childhood diabetes used to refer mainly to type 1 diabetes–the kind caused by the body’s failure to produce enough insulin to process glucose. But type 2 diabetes–often called “lifestyle diabetes,” because it’s caused by the presence of fat molecules that block the body’s ability to process sugar–has historically been a problem for adults. (In fact, until recently, it was rare to see type 2 diabetes symptoms in anyone under 40). But thanks to poor nutrition and limited physical activity (and yes, childhood obesity) it’s become so common in young kids that the American Academy of Pediatrics just released their first Diabetes Guidelines for Children to help doctors and parents identify childhood diabetes symptoms and learn how to treat type 2 diabetes in kids. More »

“People of Average Weight Are Disappearing” In Developing World

"People of Average Weight Are Disappearing" In Developing World

Countries in the developing world have seen an influx of obesity recently, yet those who are severely malnourished have been left out of this weight-gain momentum. A joint study from the University of Toronto and the Harvard School of Public Health shows that in low- and middle-income countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Guatemala, Kenya, Peru and Turkey, the obese and overweight residents are gaining weight rapidly while undernourished residents remain undernourished. More »

The Girl Scouts Are Now Selling Vitamins…In The Form Of Cookies

The Girl Scouts Are Now Selling Vitamins...In The Form Of Cookies

Every year I’ve been an editor at Blisstree, I’ve seen a new spin on the Girl Scout cookies nutrition debate: Health bloggers like me engage in an emotional debate between our knee-jerk rage over childhood obesity and our nostalgic love of cookies (and buying things off the street from little kids). Last year, the Girl Scouts of America ignored criticisms of their contribution to childhood obesity and released a new cookie in honor of their founder’s home state (which also happens to be the one with the highest rates of childhood obesity), as well as a collaboration with Nestle to create a Girl Scouts candy bar. This year, they’re facing the issue head-on…by making “healthy” Mango Crème cookies pumped full of a synthetic vitamin formula. More »

Global Disease Report: The World Is Fat (And You Need More Fruit)

Global Disease Report: The World Is Fat (And You Need More Fruit)

Well, shit — it’s not just Americans who are living longer but sicker lives, and it’s not just Western nations, either. The new Global Burden of Disease Report – a massive undertaking compiled by the World Health Organization using data from 50 countries over 20 years — found “a massive shift in global health trends,” at the root of which lies widespread obesity. And maybe lack of fruit. More »

Gain Fat, Lose Weight? Brown Fat Transplant Could Promote Weight Loss

Gain Fat, Lose Weight? Brown Fat Transplant Could Promote Weight Loss

Brown fat — the type of fatty tissue that mammals use to generate heat — can help our bodies burn fat calories more quickly and efficiently, but it’s only present in adult mammals in very small amounts. Doctors have been hoping for a while now that injecting brown fat cells into obese people could help them lose weight. In a new animal study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, researchers found that it did just that. More »

New Formula Can Predict Obesity At Birth (But Don’t New Parents Have Enough To Worry About?)

New Formula Can Predict Obesity At Birth (But Don't New Parents Have Enough To Worry About?)

Scientists have come up with a new formula that can accurately predict, at birth, whether a child will be obese. The formula, which you can access as an online calculator, estimates a newborn’s obesity risk based on his or her birth weight, the body mass index of the parents, the number of people in the household, the mother’s professional status and whether she smoked during pregnancy. In theory, this sounds great like a great health tool but I’m concerned about adding another worry to the already fierce pressures of new parenthood. More »