Tag Archive: obesity

Apr 17

“First in War, First in Peace…”

That famous quote came from a eulogy written about George Washington. It has been applied to many of the good people and good qualities of Americans in general, but we are also first in some other things. In which of these categories do you think Americans lead the world? Number of books read each year …

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Mar 19

Is Obesity Contagious?

Looking around these days, you might think that obesity could be a contagion. Actually, it is true that there are clusters of obesity in some areas, places where a greater than expected proportion of people are seriously overweight. If obesity is not contagious, why does it sometimes seem to cluster in certain areas? The RAND …

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Mar 15

Obesity and Lifespan

In 2014 Americans could expect to live an average of 79 years, almost twice the life expectancy of those born in the 1800’s. For decades, average life expectancy had grown year after year, but recently this has not happened! Why? The prestigious scientific organization, the National Academy of Science (the NAS), pointed to obesity as …

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Feb 04

Seniors and Obesity

Obesity is a “growing problem” (no pun intended) for Americans of all ages, and seniors are not an exception. The Centers for Disease Control reports that about 35% of adults aged 65 and over were obese in the period 2007–2010, and these numbers have almost certainly increased in the past decade. Medical obesity is a …

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Dec 05

Obesity and Healthcare Costs

Everyone is worried about managing health care costs. This issue is a growing concern to hospitals, the health insurance industry, public health officials and doctors; it especially worries politicians. The fact is that a very large part of this problem is related to human behavior, not to any natural force like infection. Depending on your …

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Aug 18

Is Obesity Contagious?

We all know that our environment affects the way we behave. If the people around us are polite and courteous, we tend to be the same. If they dress casually, we dress casually, not wanting to feel out of place. Is it possible that this extends to weight control? Why do some states (Utah, Hawaii …

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Jul 16

Obesity and Life Expectancy

Earlier this year, this website reported on CDC statistics that showed a decline in the average life expectancy of Americans for the second year in a row. Two consecutive yearly declines had not been recorded since the 1960’s. Late in May, the Centers for Disease Control issued preliminary data for the calendar year 2017, and …

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Jul 10

Obesity and Medical Costs

There is a good deal of discussion today about the cost of medical care. How much we spend on medical care, who pays for it and how it is allocated are all common topics in government, the media and among the public. In 2016, U.S. health care spending reached $3.3 trillion, or about $10,348 per …

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May 14

Seniors and Obesity

Obesity can affect seniors, as well as young people. In fact, the rate of obesity in the age group 60 and above has been steadily increasing; this is becoming a problem to the health care system, especially to the Medicare system which is already stressed. Years ago, family doctors would caution, “I have some old …

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Dec 18

The Cost of Obesity

Recently, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore published a study that tried to quantify the cost of obesity in the United States. The cost estimates took account of factors such as increased expense for treating diseases like type-2 diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, as well as lost work time and productivity. …

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