In 2016, 27.7 percent of Minnesota’s 10- to 17-year-olds were overweight or obese.
Although Minnesota’s new obesity rate is disappointing, the report offers some slightly encouraging news: After years of rapid increases, obesity rates in the U.S. are starting to slow and, in some places, decline.
What makes this study, conducted by the Canadian Medical Association Journal, more authoritative than past ones is that it is a systematic review.
Activity inequality is the difference in each country between people who walk a lot and those who walk very little. A new study found this type of inequality to be a powerful predictor of obesity.
In 70 countries — including the United States — the prevalence of obesity is now at least twice what it was in 1980, and it has continuously increased in most other countries.
The study found that people vaccinated against the flu who were obese were twice as likely to develop influenza or influenza-like illnesses than vaccinated people of healthy weight.
The current study shows only a correlation — not a direct causal link — between increased mass transit use and decreased obesity rates.
For the new study, researchers from several universities used data from 12 previously published studies on migraine and weight involving almost 290,000 individuals.
Reporter Paul Thacker uses documents he obtained under freedom of information laws to show how Coca-Cola sponsored conferences specifically to sway reporters to its point of view.
Before anybody jumps to the “we can be both fat and healthy” conclusion, it’s important to consider the study’s limitations.
The analysis revealed that 38 percent of all the study’s participants received hospice care. But people who were severely obese had only a 23 percent chance of receiving such care.
The commentary’s overall argument boils down to this: We don’t know enough yet about the role of artificially sweetened beverages in human health to be treating these products as innocuous.
Of the three risk factors, diabetes appeared to have the strongest effect.
But federal programs that support efforts to lower obesity among low-income children and their families are under threat.
“This industry seems to be manipulating contemporary scientific processes to create controversy and advance their business interests at the expense of the public’s health,” the authors write.
Research has shown that fat shaming is not only cruel, it often backfires — at least, if the intent of the person doing the shaming is to motivate the other person to lose weight.
After two years, people in the self-monitoring “arm” of the study had sustained a greater weight loss, on average, than those using fitness trackers.
“Genetics may influence weight,” writes John Mathers, the study’s senior author, “but it doesn’t dictate what you can do about it.”
The other three states whose obesity rates fell in 2015 were Montana, New York and Ohio. No state had an adult obesity rate below 20 percent in 2015.
“The burden of cancer due to being overweight or obese is more extensive than what has been assumed,” said cancer-prevention specialist Dr. Graham Colditz.